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Petition to the General Assembly to form a National Guard Unit of Colored Citizens of the City of Providence, 1856.


Military Commissions (1878, 1879) and Correspondence (1900) of Reverend Mahlon Van Horne the first person of color elected to the Rhode Island General Assembly.


Petition to the General Assembly asking to enact that no scholar shall be debarred the privilege of attending school on account of sect, color, or religious belief, 1865.


Petition to the General Assembly for Repeal of Statute Forbidding Intermarriage, 1876.


Petition to the General Assembly to pass a law making it a penal offence to discriminate on account of color or race, 1870.


Petition for the repeal of the statute forbidding the intermarriage of Whites with Negroes, Indians and Mulattoes, 1868.


Newspaper clippings - Letters From a Colored Soldier, February 8, 1862 and Gov. Sprague's Colored Regiment, August 1862.


Telegram to Col. C.E. Bailey, July 18, 1865, regarding the promotion of Sargent Hamblin of the 11th Infantry to Colonel of the 14th Regiment Heavy Artillery.


War Department telegram concerning establishment of the draft. Washington, August 5, 1862.


Correspondence to Governor Sprague offering services in the proposed 6th Regiment of Infantry to be comprised of soldiers of African-American descent, 1862.


Correspondence of John H. Williams to Gov. Sprague recommending Rev. John Mars, a man of color for position in the 6th Regiment, 1862.


Brooklyn, New York, August 23, 1862. C. F. Daniel to Governor William Sprague inquiring as to the qualification for obtaining a Commission in the Black Regiment.


Lemuel Freeman to Gov. Sprague a man of color seeking to enlist in proposed regiment and inquiring as to the amount of bounty and aid.


William B. Ellis, M.D. to Gov. Sprague a man of color, submitting application for position as Surgeon in proposed colored regiment.


Buffalo, New York, August 6, 1862 John Norris to Governor William Sprague Offering to raise colored company from Buffalo.


Fortress Monroe to Gov. Sprague inquiring if Rhode Island will accept companies from New York offering service as Chaplain.


New Bedford, Massachusetts, August 10, 1862

William H. Johnson to Governor William Sprague

Former slave from Richmond – offering to enlist in Sixth Rhode Island Regiment & “assist General McClellan in taking my old home."


Returns of Alterations and Casualties of the Eleventh Regiment United States Colored Artillery (Heavy) for the Year Ending December 31, 1864.


A total of 334 members of the 14th Regiment died with most succumbing to disease while serving in the Department of the Gulf.


Volunteer Enlistment Papers for the Fourteenth Rhode Island Regiment Heavy Artillery, 1865.

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