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Carter, Solon A.: [African Americana]: [Civil War]
Camp Hamilton, Va, 1864. [1]p., on an octavo sheet. Faint tideline to upper left corner. Near fine. An important order announcing equal pay for "colored troops" in the Union Army, issued by Capt. Solon Carter on behalf of General E.W. Hinks. This is a field press printing of one of Hinks' earliest and most consequential orders upon taking command of 3rd Division of the 18th Corps of the Union Department North Carolina, composed entirely of United States Colored Troops (U.S.C.T.). This order was issued over a month before Congress finally authorized equal pay for U.S.C.T. troops on June 15, 1864. Until then, black soldiers were paid $7 per month (plus $3 for clothing), while white soldiers earned $13. The order begins: "Soldiers of the Republic! At last justice has been awarded you by the representatives of the nation in Congress, and you stand before the law upon an equality with your heretofore move favored fellow soldiers of the North." One of Hinks' other early orders was to appoint Carter, then captain of Company G, 14th New Hampshire Volunteers, as Assistant Adjutant General of Volunteers and Aide-de- Camp to Hinks. Carter later served on the staff of Gen. Charles J. Paine (3rd Division, 25th Corps). For his service and bravery, he was breveted Major and then Lieutenant Colonel at the end of the war. In 1900, at a meeting of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Commandery of Massachusetts, Carter presented a paper titled "Fourteen Months' Service with Colored Troops," in which he praised the service of the U.S.C.T.: "The object of the pre … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana [New Haven, CT, U.S.A.]

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