Point taken--and fair enough. I only posted exerpts from the full text of the letter by "Justice, O.K and the 25th Infantry soldier posted at Ft. Shaw.
There was no intent to dismiss these writings, only an effort to post what I considered to be the central theme (in short form) of the messages. But I agree that presenting anything in partial form and out of context can lead to misunderstanding. My apology.
Both of these documents are dealt with in greater detail in the book I co-authored with William Dobak, The Black Regulars, l866-l898 (University of Oklahoma Press, 200l)
An exit nit-pick: since both documents do not carry any individual names,there is no way to know through a check of enlistment, regimental and personel records if the authors had once been slaves
or the level of their education and if they received that schooling before or while they were in the army. I think you would agree that the text of both documents leaves little doubt that the writers were
both literate and educated.