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Re: Myth of AfricanAmerican Confederate Soldier

From reading his Union Pension deposition, he joined because he heard that they were going to draft and that if you joined it wasn't so bad. He lived in a rural community of South Carolina back near the Mountains. The community knew he was black, I don't know how the recruiter missed it. He was captured after the Battle of Missionary Ridge (Tenn.) as they fled to Georgia. I see he was scheduled for exchange but never exchanged. He ended up a prison camp until he joined the Union.
I have not seen a picture of him. His sons I do have pictures of and most were what people back in the day called "swarthy".

My original military info came from another researcher. I doubted his Civil War service and went to the National Archives to get his pension records and see for myself. I am still at a lost as to why he is listed on the muster rolls as a private. Black people got rank on the Confederate side???

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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