“What Shall Be Done With Them?”
On Friday I posted a couple of newspaper notices on the subject of black Confederates from Vicki Betts. Here is one more from a Memphis newspaper for your consideration.
MEMPHIS DAILY APPEAL [MEMPHIS, TN], May 14, 1861, p. 3, c. 2
Our Free Colored Men–What Shall Be Done With Them?–Editors Appeal: The proposition of the committee of safety, to enlist companies of our free colored men, is not relished by our citizens generally; and the question comes up, “what must be done with them?” Let me suggest to that committee that they confer with Major-General Pillow as to the policy of placing four or five of our free negroes in each company from Memphis, for cooking, washing, etc. That is their post, one of inferiority, not of citizen soldiers. They understand that sort of work better than any boys who are called to do battle. Let them be made useful in that way.