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Re: Myth of AfricanAmerican Confederate Soldier

Thanks to everyone. Your postings have caused me to re-examine documents and notes I had sat aside for awhile.

1. I have examined the census' 1850 thru 1910. My ancestor is mentioned as a mulatto sometimes and black other times. I also went thru his physician's records that are part of the pension file. There is no mention of his color except in 1888 where he is referred to as dark. Now is that dark skinned or tan. I have no idea. He spent his life farming and he was in the Southwest for a year. Who knows his true color?

2. There is a published book by Megginson entitled "African American Life in South carolina's Upper Piedmont" which mentions my family in the chapter "Those Who Were Free Persons of Color". He mentions the lineage of the family to free white women whom he names but he does not cite his source. I am trying to contact him so I can verify the info myself. From my research some of his statements about the family are not true based on the documents I have. He relies heavily on oral interviews taken from a book written by my deceased cousin many years ago. Again, some true statements and some untrue stqatements. I will post after I speak with him.

3. Thank you for the invitation to write a small article about my ancestor. I will respond to you personally.

4. My whole point in these postings was to show that some of our ancestors may not be where we think they are in the Civil War. My ancestor was black, whatever shade he was, but why was he even captured and not exchanged? He was up for exchange but ended up in prison. Maybe he said he was black and his capturers did not believe him..so off to prison he went. I never bothered to look at the possibility of Confederate Service because I thought that was a waste of my time. Wrong, wrong...

5. I am near the African civil War Memorial and will spend more time asking questions about adding the names of those left off or perhaps having a separate plaque noting their service.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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