Harriet Martineau writes to Senator Wilson concerning slavery, and adds:
Regarding the proposal to make soldiers of the slaves, our secesh partizans don’t know what to make of it. We of the Northern side are trying to teach them; but probably the negroes themselves will be the first to make all clear to their heaven-born friends. I do hope that will be attempted. If not, the mere proposal is a great gain.
(Liberator, Jan 13, 1865, pg 4)