ST. HELENA ISLAND, July 6, 1863. [BBR],p.49
BRIG.-GEN. GEORGE C. STRONG.
GENERAL, — I did not pay my respects to you before you left this post because I did not wish to disturb you when making your preparations for departure.
I desire, however, to express to you my regret that my regiment no longer forms a part of the force under your command. I was the more disappointed at being left behind, that I had been given to understand that we were to have our share in the work in this department. I feel convinced too that my men are capable of better service than mere guerilla warfare, and I hoped to remain permanently under your command.
It seems to me quite important that the colored soldiers should be associated as much as possible with the white troops, in order that they may have other witnesses besides their own officers to what they are capable of doing. I trust that the present arrangement is not permanent.
With many wishes for your success, believe me very sincerely and respectfully
Your obedient servant,
ROBERT G. SHAW,
Colonel Commanding Fifty-fourth Regiment Mass. Infantry.
July 7, 1863
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