Monday, November 10, 2008

Black men "indignant with the Lincolnites"

Dr. J. J. Lawrence, late editor of the Rough Notes, informs us that on Wednesday evening, at Rocky Mount, he saw in the hands of Mr. James Knight, of Edgecombe, the sword taken from the dead body of Capt. W. Wardrop, who fell in the late battle of Bethel Church, Va. ...

... We also learn that there were four private gentlemen from Edgecombe, present at the engagement, and they report that several negro men, on hearing the firing, rushed from the fields to the scene of action, and fired on the enemy with good effect. Of this, one of the Edgecombe gentlemen, was an eye witness, and told it to our informant. The negroes in that region are indignant with the Lincolnites, who have seized the wives of the former and carried them into camp.

- "Further Details" Hillsborough Recorder [North Carolina], June 19, 1861, Page 3.

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