For the Mississippian.
Negro Men can be made Serviceable
to the Country.
I was much gratified to observe in the last number of your paper a very able editorial urging upon the wealthy planters, the importance of detailing portions of their best negro men for military use.
I am happy to record one example of this character in the person of a patriotic planter of Madison county, whose name I am not at liberty to publish, who has generously tendered to the command of Gen. E. L. Acee, twelve likely negro men for such use and service as may be required of them. This noble example should be followed by others and as many thousands tendered to the Executive of the State as may be deemed politic for use, in this momentous period in our history. We must put twenty thousand men in the field within the next thirty days, and not less than three thousand negroes should be added to this force. It must be obvious to a reflecting mind that this element would constitute a sanetary [sic] reform much needed, and if jodiciously [sic] selected and governed, would be of much service as an equal number of whites. These negroes could be employed as cooks, wagoners, nurses, etc., and if properly armed with knives, could be relied on in an emergency. They would soon learn to detest the enemy with the fervor of true patriots, and in their communications with their servants would popularize a sentiment of resistance, which would give security to thousands of unprotected firesides in the darkest hour of the revolution.
The struggling patriotism of the masses now appeals to the wealthy for assistance to aid in throwing off the hated shackles put forth for our enslavement. Civilization itself is awaiting the response. Will not the wealthy promptly come forward and tender, not only the use of some of their negro men to the commonwealth but such means as they possess for the support and maintenance of the families of those who may require aid to enable the head to give our country legions?
J. D. E.