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Hon. E.M. Stanton, secretary of war : sir : in view of the recent proclamation of the President calling for 300,000 volunteers, and appreciating the necessity of an immediate response to this call, we would respectfully petition that permission be given to raise a number of colored regiments to be officered exclusively by colored men ... : and your petitioners will ever pray , &c, / Lewis H. Douglass, late sergeant major 54th Massachusetts Volunteers, James T. Wormley, sergeant 5th Massachusetts Cavalry, Benjamin Owsley, sergeant 27th New York [sic] Colored Troops [and 7 others].

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