Our colored soldiers of the 54th and 55th will not accept the additional pay offered them by Massachusetts. They say, and they say correctly, that they are soldiers of the United States, and claim to be treated like other members of an honorable service. — Boston Traveller.
Officers are wanted for colored regiments. Why not give commissions in those regiments to colored men? There are intelligent, educated, capable men enough in the United States to officer every regiment of the kind in the federal service. Conquest your prejudices, and the conquest of the enemy will be effected all the sooner, and with much less cost to us poor whites who have to pay the taxes. Why object to the colored race being killed a little for the benefit of our pockets? —Ibid
(Liberator, Jan 29, 1864, pg 2)