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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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All of which was unanimously adopted by the Convention.

J. W. C. Pennington, President.

P. B. Randolph, Secretary.

Poughkeepsie, July 16, 1863.

Resolved, That the Central Committee, through its Chairman be, and hereby is duly empowered to appoint persons in each Congressional District to superintend the enrollment of the forces they may severally be enabled to collect.

Resolved, That agents shall be appointed by the Chairman of the Central Committee in each Assembly District, to superintend the enrollment of troops, and report to the Chairman of the State Central Committee; and that measures be taken to print and circulate, throughout the State, the Manifesto, Resolutions and directions from the Central Committee to the various Sub-Committees and enrolling agents, and that such Sub-Committees report, as speedily as possible, with the Chairman of the Central Committee.

Colored men all over the State are called upon to enroll themselves at once, and to cause lists of the enrolled to be made out and transmitted forthwith to the Chairman of the Central Committee. And colored females are requested to form themselves into Colored Soldiers' Aid Societies all over the State, reporting at once to J. A. Jackson and C. E. Vermong, Poughkeepsie, who have been appointed Chief Stewards of this part of the grand and patriotic movement.

(Official.) P.B. Randolph

Resolved, That the Chairman of the Central Committee be authorized to appoint one member of the said

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