Brief Report of the Services Rendered by the Freed People to the United States Army, in North Carolina, in the spring of 1862, after the battle of Newbern, by Vincent Colyer. Printed in New York, 1864
“I commenced my work with the freed people of color, in North Carolina, at Roanoke Island, soon after the battle of the 8th of February, 1862, which resulted so gloriously for our country.”
Headquarters, Department of North Carolina.
Newbern, March 30, 1862
Mr. Vincent Colyer is hereby appointed Superintendent of the Poor, and will be obeyed and respected accordingly.
By Command of Major General Burnside
My first order from General Burnside under this appointment, was to employ as many negro men as I could get, up to the number of five thousand; to offer them eight dollars a month, one ration and clothes, to work on the building of forts.
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