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Confederate Pension Records a resource?

Well, I have to say that the article was less obfuscating than most. To clarify a couple of pieces:

The South used a series of impressment acts to provide labor for fortifications, teamsters, cooks, laborers, etc. To varying extent they all said pretty much the same thing. That xx amount of slaves (and some also impressed free Blacks) were needed, parameters given for percentage of slaves from any one owner AND!!! providing recompense for the owners if the slave was injured or killed. Pensions were written into a couple of these acts, as were wages. They clearly stated that the wages/recompense and any pension were to GO TO THE OWNERS. The slaves themselves were not remunerated in any way. After all, the owners first concern was any loss of money on their part, loyalty to the Confederacy was farther down the list.

As for the term "private soldier." it is most likely a euphemism for "body servant." I'm laughing to think of Art's "mercenaries,"...can't you just imagine bands of armed slaves making Rambo-like missions into Union lines for the love of their masters and "home."???

As previously noted, the records are clear...they were teamsters, cooks, laborers, etc. for those doubters, simply look at the impressment acts themselves, and remember that it was illegal until mid-March 1865 for Blacks-slave or free to carry/bear arms. At that point the Confederacy was finally desperate enough to try and organize Black troops-too little and waaaaaaay too late.


Art-Nah, you're far to smart to fall for the revisionist line,just keep stating the truth. Those "who have ears, will listen."

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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