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Civil War - view from the north- Nig*** troops

May 22, 1863
The New York Herald

NIGGER REGIMENTS. - The process of transforming the
"into a military auxiliary of the white soldier is
being actively carried out by our republican generals. In
Tennessee Adjutant General Thomas has, it is stated, already
raised twelve black regiments, whilst in Louisiana General
Banks has enrolled fifteen. In the District of Columbia
Secretary Stanton has got together some twelve hundred darkeys,
who are being organized in a regiment bearing his name and
wearing regulation beards in imitation of their patron. It is
refreshing to watch these embryo heroes strutting up and down
Pennsylvania avenue, and aping the port and gait of their
illustrious prototype. In Massachusetts, the Mahomet of the
new Hegira, Gov. Andrew, after scouring not only the State, but
the States, for upwards of six months, in search of nigger
volunteers, has at last succeeded in getting together a
regiment of them, which he is busy drilling under the shadow of
Bunker Hill Monument. By the 1st of June we will probably have
from forty to fifty of these nigger regiments in the field,
each of which will, no doubt, in due time, furnish its quota of
Toussaint L'Ouvertures. Great things are expected from this
new principle of military amalgamation. Whether it will change
Ethiopskin"to white or convert the white manskin to
black remains to be tested. The experiment would have a fairer
chance, perhaps, if a few of our strong minded women were
apportioned to each brigade. In other respects it promises to
be attended with beneficial results. The free niggers of the
North are, as a general thing, lazy, worthless fellows, and two
or three years of military training cannot fail to improve
their moral and industrial status. Those from the South will
be easier to break in, thanks to the discipline of the
overseer. Who knows, after all, but that the salvation of this
great nation is to be found in the nigger element? In the
utter lack of military genius which prevails in the republican
ranks, we may yet be glad to trust our fortunes to the guidance
of some ebony Caesar.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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