A SCHOOL HISTORY OF THE
now gallantly marching to defend the Union. It
was a scene never forgotten by those who saw it.
With Equal Pay, a recognition as soldiers by
Mr Davis, and a brilliant record, marched the Negro
troops into the Virginia campaign. Gen. Butler, who
was now convinced by the scenes at Port Hudson,
Forts Pillow and Wagner, of the Negro's capacity
for fighting, was stationed at Bermuda Hundreds
with a large corps of Negro troops.
Grant threw his Forces across the Rapidan
and met the Confederates in The Wilderness. He left
Gen. Ferrero with his colored troops to protect his
wagon train in the rear. Ewell with the Confede¬
rate cavalry whipped around in search of these sup¬
plies. Gen. Ferrero with his Negro troops met
Ewell. The Confederates made a bold charge and
captured twenty-seven wagons. The hungry sol¬
diers prepared to feast on their plunder.
Gen. Ferrero opened fire. The Confederates
charged again, giving the colored troops their very
best, but the Negro regiments did not budge. Gen.
Ferrero then ordered his troops to charge, and, in
this the first fight between Negro troops and Vir¬
ginians, the Confederates were driven "as the gale
drives chaff." " It was the first time at the East,"
says Gen. Badeau, in his Military History of Grant,
" when the colored troops had been engaged in any
important battle, and the display of soldierly quali-