Brass Napoleon Award Black Southerners and the Confederate Cause--What the newspapers said: 1861-1865

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Letter of Bowman Seals to Pres. Jefferson Davis, March 27, 1861:

To His Excellency the President of the Confederate States: The undersigned, Bowman Seals, a free man of color, residing in the said county begs to offer his services in whatever capacity that may be deemed of most value in resisting the enemy now threatening to invade the country. My guardian D. M. Seals, Esqr., of this place approves of this offer. . . . I know enough of Yankees and of their treatment of the starving blacks among them to understand that their war upon the South is prompted by no love of us, but only by envy and hatred, and by an intermeddling and domineering spirit. And I know, too, that if they were to succeed, instead of benefitting any race or individual here, they would only bring disorder and ruin upon all. ... I am accustomed to the use of firearms and have been regarded as a good marksman; am a practical mechanic, and ready and willing to work or fight against enemies threatening with such evils the land where I have been brought up and protected. ... I presume not to ask any office or emolument, but only that your Excellency . . . shall assign me some duty that may make me serviceable in its defense.

-printed in the Clayton (Alabama) Banner, April 18, 1861

Jefferson Davis: Confederate President, pages 25-26
 
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Continuing with stories April 24, and we're still not done. It was a busy day for news across the South:

Southern banner. (Athens, Ga.) 1832-1872, April 24, 1861
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The central Georgian. (Sandersville, Ga.) 1847-1874, April 24, 1861 reprints Nashville union and American. (Nashville, Tenn.) 1853-1862, April 24, 1861

The central Georgian. (Sandersville, Ga.) 1847-1874, April 24, 1861
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The Lansing state Republican. (Lansing, Mich.) 1855-1875, April 24, 1861
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Finishing up the stories for April 24:

The Lansing state Republican. (Lansing, Mich.) 1855-1875, April 24, 1861
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The Southern watchman. (Athens, Ga.) 1854-1882, April 24, 1861
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Weekly chronicle & sentinel. (Augusta, Ga.) April 24, 1861
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When we get to the end of April, I think it will be useful to summarize all the stories that had appeared so far during that year and to see what kind of news was in circulation as the war began.
 

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April 25:

Fayetteville observer. (Fayetteville, Tenn.) 1850-1966, April 25, 1861 - the story about Joe Clark which first appeared at the end of January is still being circulated, nearly three months later. It's well out of date by this point.

Memphis daily appeal. (Memphis, Tenn.) 1847-1886, April 25, 1861 - reprint of the "Warlike Preparations in North Carolina" story

The following reprints and expands on that story.
Nashville union and American. (Nashville, Tenn.) 1853-1862, April 25, 1861
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