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I don't normally frequent this part of town, but while trying to finish up reading To Appomattox (I've been struggling to finish it, and ten other big books for a while, may be a book review at the end of the week), and I came across an interesting Confederate mentioning on p. 196:

"Some troops were taken by the enemy within sight of Amelia. R.M. Doswell, a Virginia private, was on the muddy road with a dispatch when he saw a wagon under the guard of Confederate Negro troops. "A singular sight to me," Doswell wrote. The wagons were halted, and in the rear, no more than a hundred yards away, a Federal cavalry regiment was forming for a charge. The bluecoats fell into line on a hillside and galloped down on the wagons. The Negroes fired rapidly and drove them off."
"While Doswell stared in admiration at the colored troops, the Union cavalry wheeled back into sight, this time in a determined charge that broke up the train and turned the vehicles from the road. The Negro soldiers were quickly captured."
"Doswell thought of his own plight only when the last of captives were being rounded up; he galloped away without drawing the attention of the enemy."

Checking the bibliography, R.M. Doswell wrote about seeing these Black Confederates in Confederate Veteran in a 1915 issue, p. 404. I'm curious, has anyone else heard of this? Are there any Union accounts of this action near Amelia Courthouse? This has intrigued me.

Also I assume this is the regiment formed in Richmond near the end of the war had black and white companies, but I find it interesting it apparently stayed together during the retreat, and that there's no mention of white troops with them given the way that regiment was formed. But if Doswell seen black troops of that regiment, its the first account of them in combat I've seen.
 
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