THE BLACK BRIGADE. 21
an arduous, and then thankless duty. It will not be considered
by any of them an unfair discrimination, when I particularize
in a single instance. To the constant attention by day and by
night, and to the discreet supervision of Mr. James Lupton as
camp commandant, the brigade was greatly indebted for its
well-being and comfort.
Many of the members of the brigade have since entered the
military service. Many are there still. Some have fallen, and
now sleep well amid the sands of Morris Island, and of the
banks of the Mississippi. Others have been taken prisoners,
and their fate is enshrouded in impenetrable mystery. All
have done their duty.
It is to be regretted that they were not permitted to enter the
service under the auspices of their own State, whose soil they
had defended; but this privilege, which the authorities of their
State denied them, was granted them by the sagacious, patriotic
and noble governor of the ancient Commonwealth of Massa-
But there has been progress, and since then numbers of the
Black Brigade have entered the service of their own State.
There can now, therefore, be no objection to preserving, in
the archives of the State, as a part of the history of the times,
this enrollment of the first organization of colored men in the
West, for military purposes.
WILLIAM M. DICKSON,
Commandant Black Brigade.
CINCINNATI, January 12th, 1864.