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Re: Negro Confederate Veteran -- Black Dispatch


Yes, I wrote the following: “I found this article recently and I guess it is particularly relevant these days since the discussion of black involvement in the Confederate forces has escalated in part due to a book on black confederate soldiers & because of the 150 year anniversary of the conflict.”

I would think that this article supports the argument that blacks were not fighting soldiers--why do you feel this supports the opposite?

As a former teacher I made a lengthy comment on George Geder's blog about the book on black confederates that the author was trying to get into the public school curriculum, I don't need to read anything else written by him or Bennie McRae on the subject.

People who are going to dismiss the valour of the USCT are not going to seize upon the fact that Wash Herron served as a cook & forager with a confederate unit to do it. If I am mistaken and they do, I am of the belief that this article still needed to see the light of day. This man was someone's ancestor and the article provides them with some valuable information on him, and hopefully some leads on resources that they may not have consulted otherwise.

This is not the first time I have come across blacks who have declared or shown an affinity for their former masters. For genealogy's sake, I suspect that I will continue to share them with those researching their heritage. However, it is my hope that they will not appear on the Rush Limbaugh show.


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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