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Two weeks after the firing on Fort Sumter, several companies of volunteers of color’s passed through Augusta, Georgia, on their way to Virginia to engage in war. Sixteen well–drilled companies of volunteers and one Negro company from Nashville composed this group. In November of the same year, a military review was held in New Orleans, where twenty–eight thousand troops passed before Governor Moore, General Lowell, and General Ruggles. The line of march extended beyond seven miles and included one regiment comprised of 1,400 free-colored men. The Baltimore Traveler commented on arming Negroes at Rich- mond: “Contrabands who have recently come within the Federal lines at Williamsport, report that all the able–bodied men in that vicinity are being taken to Richmond, formed into regiments, and armed for the defense of that City.”
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The Scout; One “faithful” Confederate servant mentioned in a Newspaper article, “Uncle Ned” Hawkins, is described like this: Comrade C. L. Kalmbach, of Cobb’s Legion (Ga), procured through Samuel L. Richards, a nephew of Uncle Ned’s mistress, a sketch of his labors in the eighteen sixties.
The scouts generally of the Northern Virginia army knew him as such and gladly recognized his kindly conrad face after these many years.