EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENT,
Boston, April 8, 1863.

Lieut. Col. A.G. BROWNE, Jr.,
Military Secretary, &c., Washington, D.C.

COLONEL: I am directed by His Excellency the Governor to forward to you the inclosed copy of a letter from C.B. Burrell, quartermaster of the Forty-second Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, concerning the sale into slavery in the State of Texas of two colored boys attached to the regiment, some companies of which were taken prisoners at Galveston.

The Governor desires that you shall present the facts in the case to the Secretary of War, the particulars of which are fresh in your mind. You will recollect that the grandfather of one of these boys was one of the colored soldiers of the Revolution, and that his widow, now residing in concord, is one of the few surviving revolutionary pensioners in this State.

His Excellency desires that Mr. Stanton be made acquainted with these facts and that any relief possible may be obtained for these boys, Charles Fairfax Revaleon and Charles Gerrish Amos.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. WARE,
Assistant Military Secretary

[Indorsement]

WASHINGTON, April 13, 1863

The two colored boys mentioned within, Charles Fairfax Revaleon and Charles Gerrish Amos, were citizens of Massachusetts and were engaged in the military service of the United States as servants to the colonel and staff of the Forty-second Regiment Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. As such they were taken prisoners by the rebels at the recapture of the city of Galveston, Tex., in February last, two companies of the Forty-second being at the same time forced to capitulate after a brave resistance. Lieut. C.B. Burrell, the writer of the annexed letter, is the quartermaster of the regiment and is a brother of the colonel, who still remains a prisoner in the hands of the rebels.

A.G. BROWNE, Jr.,
Lieutenant-Colonel and Military Secretary.

[Inclosure]

NEW ORLEANS, March 2, 1863.

EDWIN W. QUINCEY, Dedham, Mass.

DEAR SIR: The chance that I feared and warned poor Charley against has been his fate. He was sold into slavery at Houston, Tex., the second or third day of his captivity. My brother said all that man could to save him without avail, as well as the other officers who liked the boy very much. His cousin shared a like fate. His aunt will remember that I tried to discourage the boy in every way that I could from going with us but without avail. Charley is smart and if he can only keep his tongue within bounds he will make his escape before any length of time elapses.

Our officers are all in close confinement and of course can do nothing for him. Tell his aunt to keep up her courage and hope as we all do for the best. The chances of war we all have to run and the end always follows the beginning. I will keep your address and if I learn anything of the boys I will write you.

One item may give his relations some little comfort in their trouble. Our men that were taken received very good treatment and the disposition seems to be to use Federals well that fall in their hands.

Yours respectfully,

C. B. BURRELL.

[Indorsement]

WASHINGTON, April 14, 1863,

Respectfully returned to the honorable Secretary of War with the remark that it seems impossible to do anything in this case except as a result of success in the war.

E. A. HITCHCOCK, Major-General of Volunteers.

SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Series II, Volume V. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.

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WASHINGTON, D.C., June 5, 1865.

Maj. Gen. E. R. S. CANBY, Commanding, New Orleans, La.:

GENERAL: I respectfully ask your attention to the following statement: When the expedition to Sabine river (set on foot by General Banks) was defeated there were captured, of the Forty-second Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, two colored boys, as I suppose, nearly grown, who were subsequently sold into slavery at Houston, Tex. Their names are Charles Fairfax Revaleon and Charles Gerrish Amos.

I beg to urge that every possible effort may be made to discover the whereabouts of these boys with a view to their recovery and their safe return to Boston, where they belong.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

E. A. HITCHCOCK,
Major-General of Vols., Commissioner for Exchange of Prisoners.


COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS, EXECUTIVE DEPT.,
Boston, June 7, 1865.

Maj. Gen. E. A. HITCHCOCK,
Agent and Com. of Exchange of Prisoners, Washington, D. C.:

GENERAL: In addition to the statements in my letter of the 2d instant in the matter of the boys, Charles Fairfax Revaleon and Charles Gerrish Amos, captured in Texas with a portion of the Forty-second Massachusetts Regiment, I have the honor to state that I am to-day informed by Mrs. Revaleon that the only intelligence that she has received concerning her son is from one Hersey, a private in the Forty-second, who told her on his return that her son was sent to Houston and was living with a Judge Wheelock. She was told by another person that both the boys, who are related, were together in the prison at Galveston as slaves of the keeper of the prison. The relatives of these boys are very respectable people, and are well known in their occupation to very many of our best citizens.

His Excellency the Governor directs me to thank you for your attention to this matter and to express his hope that no effort will be spared to recover them.

I have the honor to be, very respectfully, your obedient servant,

H. WARE,
Major and Acting Military Secretary.

[Indorsement]

OFFICE COMMISSIONER OF EXCHANGE.

A copy of the within was sent to General Canby June 12, 1865, with an indorsement by General Hitchcock referring the same to General C. for consideration, with note from General H. of 5th instant.

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SOURCE: United States War Department. THE WAR OF THE REBELLION: A Compilation of the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies. Series II, Volume VIII. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1880-1901.


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