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

Hi Anne:

Sharon's information was correct concerning black soldiers and the Confederacy.

It's the word "Soldier" that defines the role of Blacks in the confederacy. Were there people of color free and enslaved who served in the rebel army and navy. Absolutely.

However, I understand that your query was genealogical and not historical. You and I have corresponded before about your family in Mobile and their genealogical links to Pensacola and possibly some of my ancestors. Both were Creoles of Color ....yours French speaking and mine Spanish and French. Perhaps your ancestors like mine served in the Louisiana Native Guards and later the Corps D'Afrique.

Sharon's example of the history of the Louisiana Native Guards being used as a mythical example of people of color fighting for the confederacy is absolutely correct. It is something that you should be aware of in researching your ancestors.

I will try to find any information that I may have or direct you to historians who can furnish you with information on your Bilbo family. I'm confident that some of the historians who contribute to the Afrigeneas Military Forum will also support you in your search.

Best regards to you,

K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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