A SCHOOL HISTORY OF THE
fifty blacks on board this ship, and many of them
are among my best men."
Usher Parsons, Surgeon of the "Java," under
Commodore Perry, wrote that the whites and blacks
of his ship messed together, and there seemed to be
The End of the War of 1812 meant victory for
America, and the Negro had scored a telling point
in behalf of his recognition as an American citizen.
But still many were in slavery.
Major Jeffreys, a "regular," during the engage¬
ment of Major-General Andrew Jackson at Mobile,
mounted a horse and rallied the retreating troops
to victory against the British, when the white com¬
manders were forced to retire and defeat seemed
certain. Gen. Jackson gave him the title of Major,
which he bore till his death in Nashville, Tenn. He
was much respected by all classes. On one occa¬
sion a white ruffian insulted him. Words ensued,
and Major Jeffreys was forced to strike the white
man in self-defence. For this, at the age of seventy
years, this veteran, who had won a victory for his
country on the battle-field, was ordered to be given
" nine and thirty lashes with a raw hide." He did
not recover from the effects of this treatment, and
soon died of a broken heart.
Jordon Noble was among the colored veterans
of the War of 1812. For a long time after the war