|View single post by Texas Defender|
|Posted: Thu Feb 11th, 2010 05:37 am||
|Ole and Johan, et al-
I fail to understand all the bitter discord over this topic.
There can be disagreement over who can be categorized as soldiers. There can be disagreement over the number of blacks who actually served as Confederate soldiers. But there can be no disagreement that SOME did. Why is the number so important?
Earlier on another thread, Johan postulated that the number of black Confederate soldiers was 1300-1500. Perhaps close to a million served the Confederacy at one time or another. Thus, the percentage of black soldiers was less than 2%. But lets say that it was 1% or even less- what does it matter? There were SOME.
Because some blacks served as Confederate soldiers doesn't necessarily mean that they embraced the cause of the Confederacy, or the institution of slavery. It doesn't mean that they accepted being treated as second class citizens, or worse.
No doubt they served for many different reasons, as did the white soldiers. They might have gone because others they knew from their towns and counties went. They might have gone out of a sense of adventure. Perhaps some felt that they had something to prove. Perhaps some felt that their treatment would improve because of their service. Perhaps some saw no better alternatives to earn money and to have: "Three hots and a cot." (Figuratively speaking at that time). At any rate, SOME chose to go and do it.
Were the black soldiers a statistically significant number? No. But they were there and what they were doing was significant to them at the time. Why not simply note their presence and give them the same respect as their white comrades?