NEGRO RACE IN AMERICA.
hot work ahead—they are Negroes and show no
quarter," (Col. Stewart.)
" Encouraged, Threatened, Emulating the
white troops, the black men fought with desperation.
Some Confederate soldiers recognized their slaves at
the crater. A Captain of the Forty-first Virginia
gave the military salute to ' Bob' and ' Ben,' whom
he had left hoeing corn in Dinwiddie."
Petersburg being Captured, the siege of Rich¬
mond was begun with a vigor and determination
such as only a Grant could command. Meanwhile,
a lively discussion was going on at the Confederate
capital as to the proposition of Mr. Benjamin to arm
the slaves in defence of the city. Gen. Lee and Mr.
Jefferson Davis favored this plan, and recommended
that such colored people as would join the Confed¬
erate ranks should be set free.
Some Score or More Blacks, three of whom
were Mr. Benjamin's slaves, enlisted and were daily
drilled in the capitol square, which stands on an
eminence in the centre of the city.
Gen. Lee was now employing his best troops
and military manoeuvres to keep Grant out of the
Confederate capital. His retreats and skirmishes,
executed with genius and tact, delayed the event;
but opposed by superior numbers, his army half-
starved, and the Confederacy subjugated in the
Southwest, he saw the uselessness of a further hope-