Correspondence from J. Longstreet to W. H. Taylor - March 30, 1865
HEADQUARTERS FIRST ARMY CORPS,
March 30, 1865.
Lient. Col. W. H. Taylor, Assistant Adjutant-General :
I have the honor respectfully to recommend the appointment of the following-named men to the positions of commissioned officers in the first negro organization raised under the late act of Congress: Privates G. M. Edwards and J. J. Dean, Company E, Fifteenth Alabama; R. H. Skeelin, Company B, Fourth Alabama; and J. D. Patrick, Company A, First South Carolina Volunteers. The three first named of these men arrested a deserter from their brigade to the enemy who has since been tried and sentenced to be shot on 31st instant. The last-named man detected and exposed a plot of seven of his fellow soldiers to desert to the enemy. I deem it advisable to encourage such conduct as the above by every means in our power.
I am, colonel, very respectfully, your most obedient servant,
SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.