December 11, 1862
PATRIOTISM—Benj. Marable, Esq., of Halifax county
Va., has four negro men who for some time have been engaged working on the
fortifications at Richmond. A few days
ago they came up home on a visit and finding good warm clothing, excellent
shoes and socks made for them they generously declined them on condition that
their master would send them to the suffering soldiers who they said needed
them much more than they did. They had
seen suffering soldiers, and it touched their hearts to compassion; besides
they want the South to conquer the enemy.
Now how many miserable money grabbers and Shylocks with white skin but
hearts blacker than the hides of these contrabands would have been as
self-sacrificing, generous and magnanimous?
Not one! The articles thus
contributed by these colored men would buy several barrels of corn at the extortioner’s price.
Let many white men think of this.
[Transcribed by Sharon Strout]