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Re: Negro Confederate Veteran -- Black Dispatch

Hello Tim,

Another great example of the value of using older newspapers in our research. In this article we see a term not frequently used today ...... forager ..... I can see how the headline and in the body of the article there could be confusion as to this gentleman's role in the Confederate military.
He is described as a veteran and as serving with a named SC unit.

Was he a cook/forager, sometime medic and a mustered in gun carrying soldier, or as the article stated, simply given honorary soldier status? Just a rhetorical question :)


for·age (fôrj, fr-)
1. Food for domestic animals; fodder.
2. The act of looking or searching for food or provisions.
v. for·aged, for·ag·ing, for·ag·es
1. To wander in search of food or provisions.
2. To make a raid, as for food: soldiers foraging near an abandoned farm.
3. To conduct a search; rummage.
1. To collect forage from; strip of food or supplies: troops who were foraging the countryside.
2. Informal To obtain by foraging: foraged a snack from the refrigerator.

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