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Re: AA Confederate Solider Info
In Response To: AA Confederate Solider Info ()

I'm sorry, but I have to tell you there were no Black Confederate soldiers. There has been a lot of confusion about this, but they were illegal until the very end of the war (General Order # 14, passed two weeks before Appomatox.)

There were thousands who served as servants, teamsters, laborers, cooks, etc. but the fact is they were not there willingly, and to fight for the Confederate cause. For those who would argue about the Louisiana Native Guard-they were a local militia, in existence for many, many years, and who immediately joined the Union army as soon as they had the chance.

I have done a lot of research on this topic, and in fact one chapter of my book is devoted to this subject. As late as November, 1864 Jefferson Davis made a long impassioned speech AGAINST the possible use of Blacks as soldiers (in front of the Confederate Congress and Senate). I have many documents, letters, official records, etc and all prove the same thing-the CSA did not have Black soldiers.

In the very early period of the War, that you speak about, and in the location-it is even more unlikely than other parts of the South. I'm truly sorry, but it's true.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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