House of Representatives acts to integrate militia

Our House of Representatives has voted against making any distinction between blacks and whites in the militia service.  It has done well.  We are always glad to have colored men help us to fight, both ashore and on the sea.  They have done good service for our country, and been true to the flag.  …… They helped defend Louisiana against the English, and were thanked therefor by Gen. Jackson.  It was a negro soldier who, at Bunker Hill, shot the man who gave the first order against in the war which that year began.  We hope the measure will be perfected, merely as an act of justice.    —-Traveller.

(Liberator, Oct. 7, 1859, pg 3)