[Please read the entire document at http://bit.ly/cDexkd
For the sake of this post I only include Article IV, section 3, paragraph 3.]
"(3) The Confederate States may acquire new territory; and Congress
shall have power to legislate and provide governments for the
inhabitants of all territory belonging to the Confederate States, lying
without the limits of the several Sates; and may permit them, at such
times, and in such manner as it may by law provide, to form States to be
admitted into the Confederacy. In all such territory the institution of
negro slavery, as it now exists in the Confederate States, shall be
recognized and protected be Congress and by the Territorial government;
and the inhabitants of the several Confederate States and Territories
shall have the right to take to such Territory any slaves lawfully held
by them in any of the States or Territories of the Confederate States."
To this end, why would an African Ancestored man, free or slave,
volunteer to bear arms against the Union armies knowing that the C.S.A -
if victorious - was going to perpetuate slavery in its existing and new
territories? It doesn't make sense.
The Confederate States of America was about slavery!
However, I can understand it if an African Ancestored man, free or
slave, was forced or conscripted to be part of the Confederate army.
According to Wikipedia; Conscription is the compulsory enrollment of
people to some sort of public service. While the service may be of any
sort associated with the public, the term typically refers to enlistment
in a country's military.
Under these conditions, I could readily accept the notion that blacks
served in the C.S.A. army. Servants, cooks and ditch diggers under
conscription perhaps. Weapon wielding soldiers is a little hard for me
Cite the credible sources and documents of African Ancestored men, free or slave, in the confederate army and their status.
Let the genealogists and family historians notate their status before,
during, and after the Civil War. At some point, we will get to the
What say you on this issue?
"Guided by the Ancestors"
I would say that there were some Free People of Color who owned enslaved Africans and had an invested interest in maintaining the system of chattel slavery. Although, they were not allowed to fight in the confederate army, many showed their support by purchasing confederate war bonds. The Ellison Family of Sumter District, South Carolina is one family.
Now that's interesting! Khathu, can you tell me/us more about the confederate war bonds and those who purchased them?
Peace & Blessings,
"Guided by the Ancestors"
Confederate bonds were like any other war bonds. They were used to raise money for the confederacy. The Ellis Family had invested more $9000.00 in the Confederate cause purchasing more than $2000 in war bonds.
Until March 1865 (and remember the War ended in April 1865), African Americans were banned from Confederate military service.
However, many slaves accompanied their owners to the battle front, and served as teamsters as well as doubtlessly standing in front of bullets, either with or without arms. During the War, this was not considered to be official military service. This is why one can validly state that there were NO black Confederate soldiers.
On the other hand, after the War was over, many of the former Confederate states did provide pensions for those slaves who stood on the front. Mississippi actually allowed these pensions in its initial pension laws, so that both "official" soldiers and their slaves that also served either as a teamster or as an unofficial soldier, were simultaneously eligible for pensions from the state. Other Southern states allowed these slaves to receive pensions in later revisions of their pension laws. So from this perspective, one can also validly state that there WERE black Confederate soldiers. In my opinion, this is taking a revisionist view of the War and the Confederacy.