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THE IRON HEARTED REGIMENT
Chapter III

 

"WE ALL YANKEE NOW"
On asking a colored soldier of the 3d South Carolina Vols., if he liked to be a soldier, he made the following characteristic reply: "Oh yes Massa, we all berry willin' to be a soger we all Yankee now. I want a little fight and a little rest. When my ole' massa, he heerd de big Yankee gun, he took legs an run away. We all prayed de Lord to hang up the Yankee peoples. Den Colonel Montgomery he com, an we all j'ined de Lincoln army, massa."

"Sir," said the Union officer, "you are held to await the doom assigned you by your own brethren. If they carry out their threats, and execute the negro prisoners in their hands, you are the first man who will swing with a Yankee halter around your neck.”

"It will be as much as your life is worth, if they hang a single one," said the officer. "What! do you propose to take me as a hostage for officers of negro troops?" inquired the indignant Macbeth, and then added tragically, "Oh, brute! brute!"

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