Brooks’ Battalion of Foreigners: A story of desperation, mutiny, and bravery

The letter begins:

Sir, During the Summer, or Fall, of 1864 when the Confederate forces had been reduced almost to an army of cripples and there were no more old men or boys from whom to get recruits, and when the Federal authorities, after having arrayed against us men from nearly every race of Europe, had armed the negroes and placed them in their ranks, the Confederate authorities conceived the idea of forming battalions from federal prisoners of war of foreign birth who would take the oath of allegiance and join our ranks.

Read the rest of this amazing find from the SC Archives on my new post at Palmetto Past.

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