By Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Для сайта:Мир книгIn 1862, Thomas Wentworth Higginson was once commissioned as a colonel to go the 1st regiment of emancipated slaves. A Civil battle memoir written through an abolitionist, this article is the stirring historical past of the 1st regiment of emancipated slaves shaped to struggle within the Civil struggle.
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Is my present and odd that physical insufficiency, the only dis couragement not thrown in our way by the newspapers, is the only discouragement which finds any place in our minds. They are used to sleeping indoors in winter, herded before fires, and so anxiety; it is they feel the change. * December 30. On of January we are to have a slight collation, ten oxen or so, barbecued, or not properly barbecued, but roasted the first whole. Touching the length of time required to * A "do" an ox, no second winter s experience removed all this solicitude, for they learned During the first February the sick-list averaged this being the worst month about ninety, during the second about thirty, in the year for blacks.
By another fire there is an actual dance, red-legged soldiers doing right-and-left, and music of a violin which is rather have guided the steps, in other artistically played, and which may And and Barnwells of yonder is a stump-orator Hugers. days, his barrel, pouring out his exhortations to fidelity in on perched war and in religion. To-night for the first time I have heard an harangue in a different strain, quite saucy, sceptical, and defiant, to them in a sort of French materialistic style, and "now-lead-de-lady-ober," to the appealing don t know claiming some personal experience of warfare.
Quot; Last night, at dress-parade, the adjutant read General Saxton s Proclamation for the New Year s Celebration. I think they under stood it, for there wards. Christmas New was cheering in is all the company-streets after the great festival of the year for this people; coming after, we could have no adequate and so celebrated Christmas Eve with pat programme tern simplicity. We omitted, namely, the mystic curfew which we and let them sit up and burn their fires, and have their call little prayer-meetings as late as they desired; and all night, as I waked at intervals, I could hear them praying and "shouting" and clattering with hands and heels.