Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Black Confederate Soldiers

Yes, there were many African-American men who served in the Confederate army. There is a fascinating website dedicated to them. To quote:
The terminology used on this website for African-Americans who served with the Confederate States Army range from: (1) Slave, (2) Negro, (3) Colored Man,  (4) Body Servant/Bodyguard, (5) Black Confederate, and (6) Black Confederate Soldier.  For research purposes,  the definitions of a "Black Confederate" and a "Black Confederate Soldier" are as follows:

A "Black Confederate" is an African-American who served with the Confederate States Army, Navy or Civil Service of the Confederate States of America or gave Material Aid to the Cause during the American Civil War (1861-1865).
A “Black Confederate Soldier” is (1) an enlisted African-American in the Confederate States Army, (2) an African-American acknowledged by Confederate Officer(s) as engaged in military service, and/or (3) an African-American approved by the Confederate Board of Pension Examiners to receive a Confederate Pension for military service during the American Civil War (1861-1865).(Read more.)

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