February, TUESDAY, 9, 1864.
Sue stoped here this morning quite busy all day i sent a letter to tom yesterday meeting at offerts liz and i went nell did not go we had a very good meeting few out
quite today mrs rock is to buried this morning Jenie and i went up Chesnut St to see the colored soldiers they went away to day in the evening we went to Madame [...] in read
she well quite a good house Dave was down i went up to lives this afternoon Stoped home went on erand for EJ then went down to bustils Spent Part of the evening there and the
On Wednesday, February 10, the 22nd infantry regiment U.S. Colored Troops marched from Camp William Penn through the streets of Philadelphia on their way south where they would see action at Yorktown and Petersburg, and later occupy Richmond. The Christian Recorder reported that at the head “1,000 strong, with bayonets gleaming and glittering in the sun” rode their commanding officer at Camp William Penn, Colonel Louis Wagner, and the commander who would lead them into the field, Colonel Joseph Kiddoo. The Recorder went on to describe the marching men “mov[ing] along to the sweet strains of martial music with the tread and precision of veterans” and noted that “they were the theme of general admiration and applause.” Along the parade route, the Recorder observed, however, “there was some ignorant and dirty slang indulged in by sundry individuals whose general appearance and style of language would seem to indicate that their education was not much trouble to them.”
Those who insulted the men of the 22nd as their marched towards war were “[t]oo cowardly to fight themselves,” cried the Recorder, so much so that “they would prevent the colored man from upholding the nation’s integrity.” “How many of them would be willing to shoulder the musket in the negro’s stead?” the Recorder asked. The Christian Recorder, “The “22d”,” February 13, 1864.