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In Response To: GENERAL ORDERS No. 14. ()

Thanks Bennie, I was trying to be concise-and trying to avoid posting page after page of documentation. Anthony, as you can see, just Gen. Order 14 isn't short. In the work I am currently finishing the documentation for this topic (it has its own chapter) covers more than twenty pages-almost entirely direct quotes from those primary sources, with NO secondary sources or rumors. Bennie has seen much of that chapter, and I believe he will verify it. To post all of that work here would leave it open to plagiarism before it's even published. That's not being selfish-I already have several years of heavy research in this manuscript.

I have found no proof of Black confederate troops (ie brigades, regiments,military records etc.) and tons of proof against their use. That there were isolated instances, I have already addressed in a prior response.

One relatively new element that I found while researching Hood's attack at Dalton, Ga.(October 1864) was a brief mention in the
Charleston Mercury and also referred to in the New York Herald-was the "parcelling" out of "niggers" (soldiers of the 44th USCT)for use as servants. The Herald goes on to say: "Liveried servants are now the rage in the rebel army." You can read into that what you will.

To quote Earnest McBride: There has to be something more to the idolatry of the faithful servants displayed by the Daughters of the Confederacy and the Sons of Confederate Veterans than their mere existence as chattels...without the great black myths, the white Southerner would be the heir to despicable, meaningless and unpardonable "Lost Cause."

While I try very hard to be realistic-Union regiments weren't comprised of saints, all Black soldiers were not heroes and not all Confederates were inhuman beasts. The soldiers, whatever their allegiance-were human beings in a horrible, horrible war. My own human nature makes impartiality difficult. Far too often, I have found the suffering to be slanted in a single direction.

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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