Request for colored troops from
Major General Gillmore
Commanding Officer, U.S. Forces, Department of the South.

FOLLY ISLAND, January 15, 1864.

Secretary of War:

MY DEAR SIR: I wrote by last mail to Major Foster, and also to the General-in-Chief, requesting that the new colored regiments formed and being formed in the North be sent to this department. I gave no reason why these troops were wanted, but I take occasion to inform you that I have in contemplation the occupation of Florida, on the west bank of the Saint John's River, at a very early day, and I want these new regiments to garrison the posts from which I draw the troops for the expedition. Moreover, I am obliged to mount some of my very best infantry, as my entire cavalry force is less than 300 effective men. My plan in a great measure depends upon my getting these new colored regiments, which Colonel Littlefield informs me it is your intention to send here.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

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