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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.

1863NY.16.pdf

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17

LETTER OF THE HON. WILLIAM WHITING

Solicitor to the War Department,

TO THE FREMONT LEAGUE

War Department,

Washington City, D.C., July 10, 1863.

Dear Sir:--Your letter, under date of the 8th of July, has been received, in which you have done me the honor to invite me, on behalf of the Fremont Legion, to address the grand mass Convention of Colored Citizens, to be held at Poughkeepsie, on the 15th and 16th instants; and in which you desire me to answer certain inquiries in relation to troops of African descent. Other engagements render it impossible for me to be present on that occasion, but I avail myself of this opportunity of expressing my respect and sympathy for those who now, for the first time within the present century, have determined to vindicate their right to be treated as patriots, sharing in the toils, dangers and sacrifices of that great nation, of which they constitute so important a part.

Courage, endurance and disinterested heroism are qualities of all brave men, whatever may be their lineage. No names yet stand upon the roll

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