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Negro Regiments.

It is said the Secretary of War is considering a proposition to garrison the recaptured Southern forts with negro regiments during the sickly season. The rebels have set an example in this respect. Regiments of well-drilled and capable negroes have been formed in different parts of the South since the war began, and although the slaves have been held to the practice of arms against their will and under the immediate terrors of coercion — deserting in squads as soon as opportunity offered — the fact they have been so employed shows that they can be used as soldiers.

Morally and physically, the negroes of the South who have been emancipated by the fortune of war from the control of their masters are fitted to become useful auxilliaries to our military operations during the coming summer, should the war be prolonged until the sickly season sets in. They are acclimated to the South, and can endure the miasmas that would prove fatal to the soldiers of the North. They are strong and many of them are intelligent. They may be more safely trusted with arms than the whisky-drinking and quarrelsome rebel forces; and are eager to prove their gratitude for the benefits which freedom, brought to them under the shadows of our flag, has given them.

In case of the continuance of the campaign through the sultry heats of July and August, a few regiments of able-bodied colored men, carefully drilled by our own officers and commanded by white men, could hold all the forts and town that our forces have recaptured from the enemy. With their natural enthusiasm and their new-born love of freedom, these unyoked slaves would serve a most useful purpose in relieving our soldiers from the duties of garrison life. — New York Evening Post.