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|Johan you are exactly right in your last post. For anyone wanting to read more about this topic, I would recommend Robert Durden's "The Gray and the Black." Its a mostly documentary history of the Confederate debate on emancipation. Emancipation was very closely tied to the issue of using blacks as soldiers because of the American ideal of the volunteer CITIZEN soldier. The basic Confederate problem as that if you arm blacks as soldiers, you cannot deny that they are citizens, and if you admit that they are citizens, then how can you keep them enslaved? Eventually the Confederacy decided that independence was more important was slavery, but by then it was too late to make a difference.