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Re: Myth of AfricanAmerican Confederate Soldier

Hello Jan,

Thank you for your detailed response. It explains your situation quite nicely and I think also addresses the myth.

The myth being that there were legions of Blacks fighting for the Confederacy as soldiers similar in numbers to those documented as Union soldiers thru the USCT records. Your situation addresses an individual who although known as a person of color in his community was "swarthy" (a word from your previous posting) enough to not only serve in the Confederate Army, but the with the Union Army when their ranks were not integrated. This is not unheard of, as there were "swarthy" persons of color serving in the Union Army as 'whites' throughout the Civil War.

From his pension records, which I believe you are quoting as your source, is he actually referred to as an African American, or as a person of color? A non-sequitur, but do you know how and when his family acquired their free person status in SC prior to 1850?

Your ancestor's history is very interesting, but in my opinion, does NOT adequately address the myth. Thanks so much for sharing such an informative piece of family history.

An FYI on the USCT CW Memorial ..... the ancestor of my friend that I mentioned in an earlier response, his name is found under the alias which he served as a USCT. The family wanted him to be recorded under his 'real' name, but was told that the names used were those which the soldier served as a USCT and could/would not be changed. I'm not sure anyone who did not serve as a USCT would have their name inscribed on a USCT plaque.

Art Thomas

Art's Families & Other Folk
Jan wrote:
"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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