Many African American heroes served with the south.
Can you cite some references that name these heros ?
A few off the top of my head...
*Moses Dallas, Pilot, CSN, was killed in expedition to capture the USS Water Witch.
I believe the ship was piloted back to port by a slave.
*Charleston, SC, was under almost constant bombardment during the war. Several companies of free black firemen did heroic duty in putting out fires caused by that bombardment.
*The assistance of free blacks and slaves at the Battle of Petersburg, VA (June 1864) would qualify as heroic.
There are several accounts. I believe it would make a long list.
That 'hero' list goes from pretty specific to totally general, in 3 steps.
IIRC, the Charleston firemen put out fires caused by the CSA destroying the navy yard in early 1865. They go where the fires are; regardless of cause...