By Thomas Wentworth Higginson
Для сайта:Мир книгIn 1862, Thomas Wentworth Higginson was once commissioned as a colonel to move the 1st regiment of emancipated slaves. A Civil conflict memoir written through an abolitionist, this article is the stirring background of the 1st regiment of emancipated slaves shaped to struggle within the Civil struggle.
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Now this evil is very nearly are every day recovering the older absentees. stopped, and we One of the very best things that have happened to us was the half-accidental shooting of a man who had escaped from the guard-house, and was wounded by a squad sent in pursuit. He has since died; and this very evening another man, who escaped with him, came and opened the door of my tent, after being five days in the woods, almost without food. His clothes were in rags, and he was nearly starved, poor foolish fellow, so that we can almost dispense with further punishment.
Our new surgeon has begun his work most efficiently: he and the chaplain have converted an old gin-house into a comfortable hospital, with ten nice beds and straw pallets. He is now, with a hearty professional faith, looking round for somebody to put into it. I am afraid the regiment will accommodate him; for, although he declares that these men do not sham sickness, as he expected, their catarrh is an unpleasant reality. They feel the dampness very much, and make such a coughing at dress-parade, that I have urged him to administer a dose of cough-mixture, all round, just before that pageant.
It is necessary also for their superiors to treat the non-commissioned with careful courtesy, and I often caution the line officers call them or nor omit the proper handle to their names. The value of habitual courtesies of the regular officers never to "Sam" "Will", army is exceedingly apparent with these men: an officer of pol ished manners can wind them round his finger, while white The demeanor and very courteous, yet I see none of that sort of upstart conceit which is sometimes offensive among free negroes at the North, the dandy-barber strut.