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Black Confederate Soldiers Organized At Richmond

...and everything I have read indicate they were volunteers -


From the Richmond Sentinel, 3/21/65

"THE BATTALION from Camps Winder and Jackson, under the command of Dr. Chambliss, including the company of colored troops under Captain Grimes, will parade on the square on Wednesday evening, at 4 o'clock. This is the first company of negro troops raised in Virginia. It was organized about a month since, by Dr. Chambliss, from the employees of the hospitals, and...

...served on the lines during the recent Sheridan raid."

There is also as story about Black Confederates skirmishing with Federal Cavalry at Amelia CH, April 4, 1865(during Lee's retreat) though I do not know the source.


From the Richmond Dispatch, 3/23/1865

"PARADE. - Yesterday afternoon the Camps Winder and Jackson battalion paraded on the Capitol Square. In the battalion were two companies of negroes (not uniformed), which were made up from the negroes employed about the hospitals. They are not, we believe, in the Confederate military service. In marked contrast to the appearance of these negroes was that of a squad of Major Turner's colored troops, neatly uniformed, and showing a good soldierly carriage. These regulars had gone up to look at their colored brethren. Volunteering would be much encouraged by the parade of Major Turner's men, which will, we hope, soon take place."


From the Richmond Enquirer, 3/23/1865

"THE CORPS D'AFRIQUE. - The appearance of the battalion of colored troops on the Square, yesterday afternoon, attracted thousands of our citizens to the spot, all eager to catch a glimpse of the sable soldiers. The bearing of the negroes elicited universal commendation. While on the Square, they went through the manual of arms in a manner which would have done credit to veteran soldiers, while the evolutions of the line were executed with promptness and precision. As an appropriate recognition of their promptness in forming the first battalion of colored troops in the Confederacy, we suggest to the ladies of Richmond the propriety of presenting the battalion with an appropriate banner."


From the Richmond Sentinel, 3/23/65

"PARADE. - Dr. Chambliss' battalion, from the Winder and Jackson hospitals, paraded on the Capitol Square last evening, in the presence of several thousand persons. The two negro companies of the battalion were the feature of the occasion, and attracted universal attention and commendation."

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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