August 9, 1863
The New York Herald
NEWS FROM WASHINGTON.
WASHINGTON, August 8, 1863.
PROTECTION FOR NEGRO TROOPS - ENFORCEMENT OF THE
PRESIDENT'S RETALIATORY ORDER.
The following official communication from Secretary Stanton
proves that the recent Order No. 262, of President Lincoln, is
to be fully carried out. When the gunboat Isaac Smith was
captured by the rebels in the Stono river, some months since,
among the prisoners taken were three colored men. At the time
the officers of the gunboat were released these men were in
close confinement, and their release was refused, and has never
been granted. Upon the authoritative declaration of the policy
of the government in such cases, the Secretary of the Navy
called the attention of Mr. Stanton to their cases, and it will
be seen that he makes it the occasion of a prompt enforcement
of the order. The President is determined that the rights, as
prisoners of war, of all who are captured while in the service
of the United States, shall be respected, irrespective of
color, otherwise the sternest retaliation will be exacted: -