RE: [civilwarwest] CLEBURNE EMANCIPATION - 2 JANUARY 1864
- Walker. It seems his name popped up with an endorsement to the Cleburne
document of 1864 as well. I've never seen this letter, but his comments
were not the least bit flattering about his 1864 transmittal. It may
have been quite an influence on Davis' fragile ego on such matters as
Subject: Re: [civilwarwest] CLEBURNE EMANCIPATION - 2 JANUARY 1864
I think Helena, Arkansas is the common denominator here. In July, 1861
W.S. Turner of Helena petitioned the war department for authority to
organize slave regiments. Here is the letter from the ORs, Ser. IV, Vol
1, page 482
Kevin S. Coy
HELENA, ARK., July 17, 1861.
Hon. L. P. WALKER:
DEAR SIR: I wrote you a few days since for myself and many others in
this district to ascertain if we could get negro regiments received for
Confederate service, officered, of course, by white men. All we ask is
arms, clothing, and provisions, and usual pay for officers and not one
cent pay for negroes. Our negroes are too good to fight Lincoln
hirelings, but as they pretend to love negroes so much we want to show
them how much the true Southern cotton-patch negro loves them in return.
The North cannot complain at this. They proclaim negro equality from the
Senate Chamber to the pulpit, teach it in their schools, and are doing
all they can to turn the slaves upon master, mistress, and children. And
now, sir, if you can receive the negroes that can be raised we will soon
give the Northern thieves a gorge of the negroes' love for them that
will never be forgotten. As you well know, I have had long experience
with negro character. I am satisfied they are easy disciplined and less
trouble than whites in camp, and will fight desperately as long as they
have a single white officer living. I know one man that will furnish and
arm 100 of his own and his son for their captain. The sooner we bring a
strong negro force against the hirelings the sooner we shall have peace,
in my humble judgment. Let me hear from you.
Your old friend,
W. S. TURNER.
> It could be said that Hindman was Cleburne's best friend back inHelena,
> they both lived in the same down. Hindman was EXTREMELY outspoken andYour use of Yahoo! Groups is subject to
> made many political foes. In one incident, Hindman and Cleburne were
> walking down the street when Hindman was attacked, in the struggle
> Cleburne was shot defending Hindman.
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