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"...Frederick Douglass says, "There are at the present moment, many colored men in the Confederate Army doing duty not only as cooks, servants and laborers, but as real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders and bullets in their pockets, ready to shoot down and do all that soldiers may do to destroy the Federal government."
Quite a statement. Rather than blindly accepting it, what is Douglass’ motivation to make it, whether true or false? After all, we know he wanted the federal government to enroll black soldiers and, if the CSA was doing so, then so much the better for his effort.
What of Lewis Steiner’s account of 3,000 black confederates on the march through Frederick MD during the Antietam campaign?
Steiner...is a staunch abolitionist supporting Douglass’ quest of enlisting black soldiers....
Do you have a source for that?
I have found both a bio and obit for Steiner.
Neither of which indicates any connection with abolitionists.