THE NEW YORK TIMES Nov. 11, 1864, Vol. XIV - No. 4098, front page: "Jeff. Davis' Message--He Opposes the Theory but Urges the Practice of
Arming the Slaves - The message of Jeff. Davis to the rebel Congress, which assembled on the 7th inst., has come to hand...Mr. Davis opposes
in general the arminng of the negro slaves. He says he cannot see the propriety or necessity of arming the slaves while there are so many
white men out of the ranks. He would only [in italics] drill and arm such negroes as are already employed in the Quartermaster and Commissary
Departments [end italics] and fill the places of such by a draft of negroes from the planters. He would give only [in italics] the reward of
manumission to such slaves as shall have served efficiently with arms in the field. [end italics]"