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Capt. Joyce letter on black troops, 1863

Capt. Joyce letter on black troops, 1863

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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.


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