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 Posted: Wed Apr 29th, 2009 02:23 pm
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Johan Steele wrote: Peter Carmichael was kind enough to take the time to add a few thoughts to a post of his that I recently republished.  His comment is fair and balanced in its critique of the way various groups have approached this complex topic, which is why I decided to feature it in a new post.

In all the debate that the Confederate slave subject generates on this blog and elsewhere, I am still mystified by the failure of some to appreciate a fundamental fact that applies to every African American who existed in a Southern army—he was a slave and thus denied the ability to have free will in exercising his political loyalty.

This is false.

There were many free blacks in the Confederate army.  Even slaves had ample opportunity to exercise their "political loyalty" by simply walking away from camp or while on the march.

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