On the Organization of Colored Troops

Daniel Ullman
Commanding General of the Corps D’Afrique

“Mr. President, from what I have heard in Washington to-day, there seem to be doubts as to the issuing of the proclamation of Freedom on the first of January. Subtle and powerful combinations are organizing, I understand, to influence your action in the premises. You and I know, from long experience, that, on no other question in America, have men been more swerved from the path of truth and justice by shrewd and cunningly devised intrigues. I hope this is unfounded, for, in my judgment, a failure, now, to issue that Proclamation would be disastrous–far worse than the loss of a great battle.”

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