Appeal to the President
In this letter, Cpl. James H. Gooding complained to President Abraham Lincoln about the unequal pay situation. He argued that the men of the 54th Massachusetts did not enlist under the “contraband act” and thus should receive pay equal to that of white soldiers.
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