Black officers for black soldiers


Frederick Douglass and his son Lewis, the former sergeant major of the 54th Massachusetts Infantry Regiment, were among the 200 men who signed this petition to Secretary of War Stanton to raise a black regiment with black officers. Other signatories include three senators, three representatives (including future President James A. Garfield), and Generals Nathaniel P. Banks and James S. Negley.

National Archives, Records of the Adjutant General's Office



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