NEGRO RACE IN AMERICA.
they reached the field in time and gladly accepted
the "post of honor and danger," immediately in
front. After a five minutes' rest they double-
quicked a half-mile to the fort, where, after a most
gallant and desperate fight, Sergeant William M.
Carney planted the regimental flag on the works.
Nearly all the officers of the regiment were killed,
and it was led off by a boy—Lieut. Higginson.
" Sergeant Carney," says an eye witness, " re¬
ceived a severe wound in the thigh, but fell only upon
his knees. He planted the flag upon the parapet,
lay on the outer slope, that he might get as much
shelter as possible ; there he remained for over half
an hour, till the second brigade came up. He kept
his colors flying till the second conflict was ended.
When our forces retired, he followed, creeping on
one knee, still holding the flag." When he entered
the hospital (bleeding from one wound in the head
and another in the thigh) " his wounded comrades
cheered him," and he said, " Boys, the old flag never
touched the ground."
The Negro Soldiers. The sentiment against
the Negro at the North had somewhat abated in the
face of the irresistible bravery as exhibited by Ne¬
gro troops at Wagner and Port Hudson. The
North saw that wonderful results could be achieved
by Negro soldiers.
The Confederates exchanged before this some
Union officers, but refused to exchange Negroes.