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 Posted: Tue Mar 17th, 2009 02:26 pm
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"The three mentioned were all established around 1900. I know of only one monument to the USCT established during that period. The rest are of modern vintage."

This statement is correct. The only monument until recent years to a USCT unit was the one for the 54th Massachusetts.

As to individual gravestones this is standard practice. Confederate Veteran organizations supplied or helped to pay for many monuments and markers for black Confederates.

1890 Census

The census is very clear. The number of survivors at that time indicate there were at least 7,000 black Confederate soldiers.

It was certainly custom and regulations that said 'whites only' but there was never any law enacted that prevented blacks from serving.

Number of USCT

The USCT was never 20% of the Federal army. At its height -near the end of the war- it was only about 10%.

Blacks that "Escaped" to Enemy Lines

The largest number estimated by historians (McPherson?) is about five hundred thousand (unfortunately a great many of these people died). I don't know of anyone who has put forth the number one million.

Last edited on Tue Mar 17th, 2009 03:14 pm by borderuffian

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