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Black Brigade of Cincinnati: Being a Report of Its Labors and a Muster-Roll of Its Members; Together with Various Orders, Speeches, Etc. Relating to It.
                    THE BLACK BRIGADE.                     7

as the desires and feelings of colored men. This may be so;
but it is the lack of time to attend to such small matters as
mercy and justice, that has involved the nation in this wasteful
and bloody contest.
  If the guard appointed to the duty of collecting the colored
people had gone to their houses and notified them to report for
duty on the fortifications, the order would have been cheerfully
obeyed. But the brutal ruffians who composed the regular and
special police took every opportunity to inflict abuse and insult
upon the men whom they arrested. The special police was en-
tirely composed of that class of the population which, only a
month before, had combined to massacre the colored popula-
tion, and were only prevented from committing great excesses
by the fact that John Morgan, with his rough riders, had gal-
oped to within forty miles of the river, when the respectable
citizens, fearing that the disloyal element within might com-
bine with the raiders without, and give the city over to pillage,
called a meeting on 'Change, and demanded that the riot be
stopped. The special police was, in fact, composed of a class
too cowardly or too traitorous to aid, honestly and manfully, in
the defense of the city. They went from house to house, fol-
lowed by a gang of rude, foul-mouthed boys. Closets, cellars,
and garrets were searched; bayonets were thrust into beds and
bedding; old and young, sick and well, were dragged out, and,
amidst shouts and jeers, marched like felons to the pen on
Plum Street, opposite the Cathedral. No time was given to
prepare for camp-life; in most cases no information was given
of the purpose for which the men were impressed. The only
answers to questions were curses and a brutal " Come along now;
you will find out time enough." Had the city been captured
by the Confederates the colored people would have suffered no
more than they did at the hands of these defenders. Tuesday
night, September 2, was a sad night to the colored people of
Cincinnati. The greater part of the male population had been
dragged from home, across the river, but where, and for what?
none could tell.
   The captain of these conscripting squads was one William
Homer, and in him organized ruffianism had its fitting head.
He exhibited the brutal malignity of his nature in a continued


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