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|Great points, Johan. I agree with you criticisms of people touting the Native Guards as proof of black soldiers in the Confederacy. (I think Dixie Outfitters even has a t-shirt about them.)
From my own Louisiana research it appears as you say. The Cs authorities never had any intention to actually use them, and it isn't altogether clear that the members of the Native Guards were willing participants in the Confederate war effort. If I recall correctly, their numbers were largely made up by the gens de couleur of New Orleans, who probably rightly feared some retaliation if they didn't look to be supporting the state in which they had achieved prominence.