Abraham's life offered one route. Since the previous June, Abraham had thrown his lot with the Army, serving as a scout and interpreter. The former black chief had been moved, at least partly, by consideration of his family. As
he wrote to Gen. Jesup:
"We do not live for ourselves only, but for our wives and children who are as dear to us as those of any other men
.... I have done all I can, my heart has been true since I came in
.... Your servant Abraham."
Twyman 134, Porter Negro 332.
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