Raynors HCA 2019-09
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BIRNEY, William (1819-1907) was a professor, Union Army general during the American Civil War, attorney and author. An ardent abolitionist, he was noted for encouraging thousands of free black men to join the Union army. He was named Colonel of the 22nd U.S. Colored Troops. On June 9, 1863, he was commissioned as a brigadier general of volunteers, to rank from May 22, 1863, and assigned to Maryland to recruit more black troops. Autograph Letter Signed “William Birney”, October 29, 1890, Washington DC, on his stationary, 1pp., VG. In part, "I have not heard of Colonel Fellows since the war ... I recommended Holman for Colonel of the 1st USCT raised by me ... My duties as Supt of recruiting, mustering and equipping Colored Troops absorbed all my time ...”
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