Thanks, I have the O.R.’s of the battle. I’m fairly curtain of the date on my article, which also came from the NY Times archives, some years ago. It may have been their version of a news flash and the full story was printed on the 21st when details arrived.
How about this one, I haven’t found another article on this subject, don’t know if it was roomer or fact. I have a late war article on the formation of several companies of Black Confederates for the defiance of Richmond.
Baltimore Traveller February 4, 1862
Several Regiments of Negroes were forming at Richmond for the defense of the Confederate Capital.