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Re: Myth of AfricanAmerican Confederate Soldier

Sorry for the delayed response but I wanted to review all of the documents I had so I could answer accurately.

1. He entered the Confederacy March 1862 and served until he was captured in Ringold, GA Nov. 27, 1863 fleeing from the Battle of Missionary Ridge, Tenn. He was with Ferguson's Light Artillery. He was held in Louisville, Ky and scheduled for Exchange but for some reason he wasn't and he entered Rock Island Prison, Rock Island, Ill. Dec. 11, 1863. He entered service on his own, not as a replacement nor as a servant/companion, He was FPOC and was told this would let him avoid the draft. Other than military service, he lived outside the town of Picken, South Carolina all of his life.

2. He joined the Union from the prison October. 6,1864. He became a "Galvanized Yankee" and was sent for frontier service with the 2nd US Infantry where he was mustered out. He was a 2nd corp. as listed in the 1890 Veterans census. He did receive a US pension.

3. I first pick up his family in 1850 census with his wife and first born son living with his mother. Deeds/court records show him there in the 1870's. He is there in the 1880, and the following census' until his death ( including the 1880 Agricultural census).

4. He is not on one of the plaques at the civil War Memorial because he was not in a USCT unit. I believe they are thinking about recognizing those who were not a USCT but I haven't heard how.

I was tipped off to his Confederate service by another researcher. I doubted the info but finally decided to go to the National Archives and retrieve his pension file for myself. I had to muffle my shock ( cuz you cant holler in the Archives). I have used the info to back track his history.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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