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Monday, February 1, 2021

Yes, There were Black Soldiers in the Confederate Army

"There are at the present moment, many colored men in the Confederate Army doing duty ... as real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders and bullets in their pockets.."

Frederick - Douglas , former slave and abolotionist (Fall 1861)

Yes you read that right blacks were fighting in the Confederate army. Not against them but with them. In fact the number of blacks serving the Confederacy may have been as many as ten thousand. Working as laborers, teamsters, cooks and soldiers these men stood proudly to battle alongside the white men.  They saw the war differently than others they saw the south as their home and thus went to battle as much as a patriot as anyone. In fact, while the Emancipation procloamation freed the slaves in the south those in the north remained in slavery and other states while the war continued. The proclamation only included slaves held by the confederate states. 

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