Enrollment of free men of color in Army, Sumner’s bill

 Senator Sumner has introduced an important bill for the enrollment of the freed and free men of color:  Sec. 1 provides that every able-bodied person, between 18 and 45 years of age, made free by act of Congress; or Proclamation of the President, or by any other legal or competent authority exercised in suppressing the Rebellion, shall be forthwith enrolled as a military force of the United States, by the commanding…. Sec 3 authorizes the President to order the voluntary enlistment or enrollment of every able-bodied free male person of African descent between 18 and 45, for military service, to be paid like white volunteers,,,, (Liberator, February 13, 1863, pg 3)