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 Posted: Tue Mar 17th, 2009 01:26 am
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borderuffian wrote:
Based on 1890 census records there were over 7000 blacks in Confederate service.  If you include Confederate militia this would bring the total to about 9,000-10,000.

Most were in non-combat roles but if they were officially enlisted in the army (navy or militia) they were soldiers.

In no way is this intended to diminish the role of servants (50,000?) who toiled with Confederate armies throughout the war.  Who had ample opportunites to 'escape' to Federal lines but chose to remain true to the South.

In so doing they probably saved themselves from death because there is no doubt that they would have been forced into Federal service and used as cannon fodder by their armies.

Last edited on Tue Mar 17th, 2009 03:25 pm by borderuffian

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