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Record of action of the convention held at Poughkeepsie, N.Y., July 15th and 16th, 1863, for the purpose of facilitating the introduction of colored troops into the service of the United States.


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The following circular and call were fully promulgated through the State of New York and neighboring territory:

NEW YORK, July 1, 1863.

You are respectfully requested to call the attention of the Friends of Freedom and Union in your vicinity, to the Convention of Colored Citizens, and their known Friends, to be held at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., on Wednesday and Thursday, 15th and 16th of July.

Among subjects to be considered by the Convention, will be the duties and opportunities of the hour, with special reference to the Organization of a large force of Colored Troops, to be commanded by leaders in sympathy with the movement, and upon the condition that the rights of remuneration and protection shall be guaranteed to them, the same as those secured to white soldiers. It is designed to make up the response of the colored men of the North to the call of the Government.

You will receive a supplementary communication in due season, enclosing the formal call for the Convention. At present you are requested, with as little delay as possible, to make practical the following suggestions—

Appoint a Local Committee to superintend the movement in your immediate vicinity, and to cause similar action in your surrounding country.

Enlist the white friends of the movement in your vicinity in active co-operation with the colored Citizens in this matter.


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