Capt. Joyce letter on black troops, 1863Item 75484 info
Maine Historical Society
Capt. Laurens Joyce wrote another letter to Shepley, furthering his plea for command of a black regiment.
He wrote, "With the information which I possess I do not hesitate to say that a Regiment of Negroes can be raised here and in the neighborhood."
Joyce added, "I respectfully solicit your influence if not incompatible with previous engagements in procuring me such a command."
There is no indication that Joyce ever received his sought-after promotion.