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In Response To: Re: White Lies: Interview with Brooks Simpson ()
HELENA, ARK., July 17, 1861.
Hon. L. P. Walker:
DEAR SIR: I wrote you a few days since for myself and many others in this district to ascertain if we could get negro regiments received for Confederate service, officered, of course, by white men. All we ask is arms, clothing, and provisions, and usual pay for officers and not one cent pay for negroes. Our negroes are too good to fight Lincoln hirelings, but as they pretend to love negroes so much we want to show them how much the true Southern cotton-patch negro loves them in return. The North cannot complain at this. They proclaim negro equality from the Senate Chamber to the pulpit, teach it in their schools, and are doing all they can to turn the slaves upon master, mistress, and children. And now, sir, if you can receive the negroes that can be raised we will soon give the Northern thieves a gorge of the negroes' love for them that will never be forgotten. As you well know, I have had long experience with negro character. I am satisfied, they are easy disciplined and less t rouble than whites in camp, and will fight desperately as long as they have a single white officer living. I know one man that will furnish and arm 100 of his own and his son for their captain. The sooner we bring a strong negro force against the hirelings the sooner we shall have peace, in my humble judgment. Let me hear from you.
Your old friend,
W. S. TURNER
CONFEDERATE STATES OF AMERICA, WAR DEPARTMENT
W. S. TURNER, Helena, Ark.:
A. T. BLEDSOE,
SOURCE: The War of the Rebellion: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Series IV - Volume I. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1900.
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