Wild Bill’s comments on "Lee’s Great Slave Raid"
 
From: bjpershing@juno.com
 
I appreciated Wild Bill’s comments on "Lee’s Great Slave Raid".  I have, in my extensive reading on the War for Southern Independence, encountered this legend of Confederates capturing free Negroes numerous times, but have yet to find any solid documentation of it ever happening.  I agree that it is possible something may have happened, but is there any solid documentation of any incidents?  I haven’t found any, I am curious if anybody else has found any solid historical evidence that anything of this kind ever happened, or is it just another vicious, unsubstantiated Yankee rumor?  Thank you very much.  Deo Vindice,
 
Sam Ashwood
Muskogee, Oklahoma