Negro Regiments In The Army

Federal Official Records. Series I, Vol. XVI Part I, Page 805
Lt. Colonel Parkhurst’s Report (Ninth Michigan Infantry) on General Forrest’s attack at Murfreesboro, Tennessee, July 13, 1862: "The forces attacking my camp were the First Regiment Texas Rangers, Colonel Wharton, and a battalion of the First Georgia Rangers, Colonel Morrison, and a large number of citizens of Rutherford County, many of whom had recently taken the oath of allegiance to the United States Government. There were also quite a number of negroes attached to the Texas and Georgia troops, who were armed and equipped, and took part in the several engagements with my forces during the day.

"Reminisces of the Blue and Gray ’61-’65, Embracing the most Brilliant and Thrilling Short Stories of the Civil War," 1895 – Frazier Kirkland: "One of the best morning’s work done at Yorktown was that of reducing to a state of perfect inutility in the mundane sphere a rebel Negro rifleman, who, through his own skill as a marksman, had done more injury to our men than any dozen of his white compeers, in the attempted labor of trimming off the complement of Union sharpshooters. His habit was to perch himself and keeping himself hidden behind the body, annoy the Union men by firing back upon them."

The Indianapolis Daily Evening Gazette, March 12, 1863 refers to the March 5, 1863 fight around Thompson’s Station, near Franklin, Tennessee. The 85th Indiana Volunteer Infantry reported: "NEGRO REGIMENTS IN THE REBEL ARMY – During the fight the battery in charge of the 85th Indiana [Volunteer Infantry] was attacked by {*in italics’] two rebel negro regiments. [*end italics*] Our artillerists double-shotted their guns and cut the black regiments to pieces, and brought their battery safely off……It has been stated, repeatedly, for two weeks past, that a large number, perhaps one-fourth, of Van Dorn’s force were [*in italics"] negro soldiers [*end italics*], and the statement is fully confirmed by this unfortunate engagement.