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Re: RUMOR AND CONFUSION-BLACK CONFEDERATE SOLDIERS
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Yes, truth, not revisionism. If you will reread the list, you will see all of the sources are primary ones-Official records, congressional and senate records, contemporary papers, etc.
Re: the Frederick Douglass article. I keep hearing that, but no one has been able to provide the complete context-till then I can't use it. As for the same of a single soldier-there were black soldiers in the union army before May 1863, as well. To my knowledge all of those instances were men who could "pass". As for the surrender list-that proves nothing. What about muster rolls, payrolls, actual proof of even a company, much less a regiment of black confederates. I have no doubt that there were Black men and women who supported the confederate cause-it would depend on the individual circumstances, some out of family ties or loyalty, others to maintain as much safety for themselves and family as possible. That's human nature.
But truthfully, honestly. It was simply against the law. Check the references, check the state archives for those seceded states. At the end of the war, General Lee and others wanted Black recruits, that is true- they were completely desperate, but it was too little and way too late, less than three weeks to Appomatox.
As for the Lincoln comments from 1861-Lincoln wanted gradual emancipation, and his plan was at first to essentially buy out the slaves in the border states and areas, such as Delaware and the District of Columbia. They felt that the cost of such purchased emancipation was cheaper than war. Delaware flat refused. The simplest fact is that the war was not a static thing-it changed and re-changed. The very fluid nature of it makes it hard to stand on any one idea. And there is lots of blame for both sides-
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