August 23, 1861
From the New Bedford Republican Standard, the article asserts that “Twelve thousand slaves, we are told, are employed by the traitors at Manassas, in building their fortifications and strengthening their position. They avail themselves of every means within their power, to enable them to resist us …..How long will it be before the federal government will do the same? How long will it be before it proclaims that every slave in Virginia will be welcome to our lines, and will be set at work with proper pay for his labor, or that they will be organized into regiments……”
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