Colored Convalescent Troops at Aiken's Landing, James River
These convalescent colored troops are resting at
Aiken's Landing after a march. On the right is A. M. Aiken's house, on the
brow of the hill overlooking the river. The scene was much the same when
this was a point of exchange in 1862, but there were no colored troops in
the Union armies until the following year. These men are evidently
exhausted; they sit or lie upon the ground without taking the trouble to
remove their knapsacks. This appears to be only a temporary halt; the
wayfarers will shortly march out on the pier to a boat waiting to take them
down the James. The opposite shore can dimly be seen on the left of the
picture. Here as on the following page, in front of Aiken's mill, appears a
page 113 in 1911 book
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