Banquet Given by the Members of the Union League Club of 1863 and 1864 to Commemorate the Departure for the Seat of War of the Twentieth Regiment of United States Colored Troops, Raised by the Club

Banquet Given by the Members of the Union League Club of 1863 and 1864 to Commemorate the Departure for the Seat of War of the Twentieth Regiment of United States Colored Troops, Raised by the Club

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...the colored people in the United States; and, therefore, if this Club should to-day do what it did twenty-two or twenty-three years ago, it would be comparatively insignificant in its importance to what it was at the time when the colored people were ill-treated and looked down upon. As far as courage went, I think the colored men showed, whenever they had an opportunity to show--at Fort Wagner, Obistee, Milliken's Bend, Port Hudson, Petersburg, and everywhere else--that they possessed the same degree of courage as the white men; but that is almost the commonest quality, I believe, of human beings, at least among soldiers. But, besides that, the colored men were much more amenable to discipline than are any white men; and, indeed, with good officers, I believe that the colored men make the best soldiers almost in the world. Applause. Of course, my principal experience is with my own regiment, and I can therefore only speak of how they act when they have good officers. Laughter. I found that there was a very strong (sprit du corps among the men. There was one thing which probably amounts to a reflection upon them--they always looked down with a considerable degree of contempt on the contraband regiment which was at Port Hudson, of which my very intimate friend, a member of this Club, who has been referred tc, was major. And that reminds me of a certain peculiarity of these men, which was, after all, perfectly natural. They had a decided lack of appreciation of their Hibernian fellow-citizens. Laughter. It was very amusing.-I have often watched the men when they would get to quarreling or chaffing each other; and while they would apply the most opprobrious epithets to each other, those opprobrious epithets would be generally received with a...show more

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  • Paperback | 24 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 1mm | 64g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236572211
  • 9781236572219