NEGRO RACE IN AMERICA.
of Gen. Birney with the Second Corps—and this
delay caused the loss of many thousand lives.
Next Morning, as the sun peeped up over the
yellow waters of the Appomattox, the condition of
things had changed. The flower of Lee's army had
come up in the night-time, and Grant was compelled
afterwards to lay siege to the city, under which it
Secretary Stanton was wild with delight over the
valor of the colored troops at Petersburg. Said he
" The hardest fighting was done by the black troops.
The forts they stormed were the worst of all. After
the affair was over, Gen. Smith went to thank them,
and tell them he was proud of their courage and
dash. He says they cannot be excelled as soldiers,
and that hereafter he will send them in a difficult
place as readily as the white troops."