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I am amazed at some of the comments on this website. I am a white man who has spent many years trying to understand why my family fought for the confederate army, why they fought for the union army, and why they deserted the confederate army and went over to the union army. My southern ancestors lived in Onslow County NC. Eastern NC is very interesting and complicated when it comes to the civil war. I have cases of one brother fighting for the Union, another for the Confederacy.
You cannot research your family in the South without trying to understand black people and our interrelationships. You can point to isolated cases like a young black boy working on a CSA ship but does this mean he was a soldier? This same child would get a pension from the state of NC after the war but he was not a soldier. If you want to understand the past you have to do research in state archives and not take the words of people who have there own agenda.

My point in all of this is that the south did use black soldiers. They only considered it at the very end of the war because they were desperate.

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18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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