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20 December 1863: “Can we then make enough to subsist our army & people, especially if the law passes, as proposed to draft 100,000 able bodied negroes to act as teamsters, cooks, etc. The wisdom of this last proposed bill is questionable, although not arming the negroes will it not be training them, or organizing them as a force capable of turning at some future time against us?”

Item description: Entry, 20 December 1863, from the diary of James Achille de Caradeuc with reflections on war news and current events. Item transcription: The War The Situation Dec. 20th. 1863. After Bragg’s defeat at Missionary Hill near Chattanooga our … Continue reading

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