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Re: Confederate African Americans? Another Referen

Thanks Art and KWL. I haven't been on this board for quite awhile due primarily to this kind of stuff. You have both done a good job in defusing the post-and of course Bennie's site is the icing.

To address specificaly the Richmond troops-It was illegal until mid February 1865 for Negroes to carry/bear arms. As it became blatantly obvious to even the most obtuse Confederate, there was no way they could win as things stood.

When the organization Blacks to be trained in Richmond began, it was less than a month to Appomattox. They trained in an old factory that also housed a hospital. Indeed they drilled and marched some in Richmond's streets, but to be completely realistic-first-they would never have been trained in time to be of any use. The CSA had so little money that only bills backed by gold would be honored, and at the time they could not equip, arm and field white soldiers. Do you think they actually spent money on arming these few trainees?

Iam not refuting that there were Blacks who served in the Confederacy-but you can bet they were awfully "light", just like those who served in the Union forces prior to the USCT. But companies and regiments? Over and over and over, IT WAS ILLEGAL.

Jordan's book on Black Confederates and Afro-Yankees is only one of several ridiculous books that have been published to support the myth of the "Black Confederate" The Neo-Confederate movement is alive, well, and financially well-supported, carrying their message even into elementary schools.

Hundreds of thousands of Black men, women and even children went to war with the Confederacy as personal slaves, body servants, cooks, teamsters, etc. and were conscripted to build fortifications, work in factories, bury bodies, and do whatever menial labor was needed. THEY WERE NOT SOLDIERS!!!!! As Bennie has reiterated many times-show us a roster that shows they were there. In the light of Confederate, and Southern feelings in general, the concept of an integrated CSA just doesn't cut it. And to be even more realistic, If you arm a few dozen, hundred or thousand slaves and put them behind white officers just how long do you think those white officers would last??? OOPS, sorry massa, my gun just done went off by itseff....

The only way this garbage will stop, is if we continually refute their rhetoric with facts-and especially facts from the Confederate official records. Bennie and I are working together to compile all that into one place.

Okay, I'll step off the soapbox for a minute.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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