An Equal Opportunity General
910 am Fort Monroe Va Sept 23rd 11. PM 1863
Gen Halleck telegram received I shall be
glad to have the colored regiments
now at Baltimore ordered to report
to me at Fort Monroe I need
their services Foster Maj Genl weather good
Not all Union generals were enthusiastic about employing African American soldiers – they were often relegated to menial labor rather than combat – but Major General John G. Foster did not share their qualms. Foster took command of Fort Monroe in July of 1863, and in addition to receiving African American reinforcements from Baltimore, the 2nd North Carolina Colored Infantry mustered there in October of 1863.