Black Southerners in confederates armies

Black Southerners in confederates armies

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There are at the present moment, many colored men in the Confederate Army doing duty not only as cooks, servants and laborers, but as real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders and bullets in their pockets, ready to shoot down loyal Yankee troops, and do all that soldiers may do to destroy the Federal government and build up that of the traitors and rebels. There were such soldiers at Manassas, and they are probably there still. There is a negro in the Confederate army as well as in the fence, and our Government is likely to find it out before the war comes to an end. That the negroes are numerous in the rebel army, and do for that army it heaviest work, is beyond question.” Unfortunately, the reality of the black Confederate soldier does not conform to Northern and New South myths about Southern blacks and slavery, and so it has been disregarded and suppressed. But we are bringing it back into the light.