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UDC marks another black Confederate grave
crossville-chronicle.com ^ | August 17, 2006 | By Clayta Richards / Chronicle staffwriter

Posted on 08/27/2006 9:13:18 AM PDT by smug

UDC marks another black Confederate grave By Clayta Richards / Chronicle staffwriter

On Sunday afternoon at Old Union Cemetery in southern White County, over 180 people gathered to pay a debt owed nearly 80 years. The group included members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Sons of Confederate Veterans, family and friends, all there to memorialize the service of Pvt. Henry Henderson, a black Confederate soldier.

Henderson was born in 1849 in Davidson County, NC. He was 11 years old when he entered service with the Confederate States of America as a cook and servant to Colonel William F. Henderson, a medical doctor. Records show Henry was wounded during his service, but he continued to serve until the war's end in 1865. He was discharged in Salem, NC, age 16.

After the war, Henry married Miranda Shockley, of White County, TN. The couple raised five children.

"We're here to honor him," said his great-grandson, Oscar Fingers, of Evansville, IN. "I think he would be proud his family has come this far and to know all we have done." Several other family members made the trip with Fingers from Indiana for Sunday's ceremony.

Sons Dalton and Lee received Henderson's first and last Tennessee Colored Confederate pension check upon their father's death in September 1926. The check provided enough funds to bury their father, but not enough to buy a headstone for his grave.

The 60,000-90,000 black Confederate soldiers are often called "the forgotten Confederates," but through the concerted efforts of the Capt. Sally Tompkins Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy along with the Sons of the Confederate Veterans, several graves have been found in the Upper Cumberland and have been or will be marked.

Pvt. Henry Henderson's service was finally recognized and his grave officially marked on Sunday, all to the snap of salutes from the grandsons of fellow Confederates, volleys of gunfire and cannons shot toward the distant hillsides of his final resting place.

Official U.S. government grave markers are available to all Confederate veterans. For additional information, contact Barbara Parsons, 484-5501.


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Here is another of those black confederates that Prof. Gary Gallager says didn't exist.
1 posted on 08/27/2006 9:13:19 AM PDT by smug
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To: stainlessbanner; righthand man; TexConfederate1861; rustbucket
Better late than never.
3 posted on 08/27/2006 9:19:50 AM PDT by smug (Tanstaafl)
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To: smug

Dixie Ping!


4 posted on 08/27/2006 9:26:51 AM PDT by trek
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To: tallhappy

What? Why do you say that? I think this is a great thing.


5 posted on 08/27/2006 9:28:33 AM PDT by girlangler ((Fish fear me))
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To: smug


Hm....


6 posted on 08/27/2006 9:37:32 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: girlangler
I think this is a great thing.

It is. Now we just need to find all the others, black, white, Jewish, union, or confederate. that doesn't have a headstone and their proper and overdue respect.
7 posted on 08/27/2006 9:41:22 AM PDT by smug (Tanstaafl)
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To: tallhappy; smug
"You are a moron, aren't you?,

....And the point of your comment is?

8 posted on 08/27/2006 9:43:27 AM PDT by gitmogrunt (oppose one farce at the border)
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To: smug

Proof positive that blacks prefer slavery.


9 posted on 08/27/2006 9:44:28 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: smug
"He was 11 years old when he entered service with the Confederate States of America as a cook and servant to Colonel William F. Henderson,"

Um, what?

Entered service as a servant?
I think some of you neo-Conferderates are reaching.
10 posted on 08/27/2006 9:48:57 AM PDT by VanDeKoik (Fitzmas Has Been Canceled.)
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To: tallhappy

You're drunk, aren't you?


11 posted on 08/27/2006 9:52:31 AM PDT by NapkinUser
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To: Mr Ramsbotham
Proof positive that blacks prefer slavery

That is just a silly and gratuitous statement. I doubt there was any slave in history that preferred slavery to freedom and self determination.
12 posted on 08/27/2006 9:52:35 AM PDT by smug (Tanstaafl)
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To: smug
I canceled my subscription to the Civil War Times editored by Ken Stachek 16 years ago when they began to use Gallager's personal opinions as articles. The Civil War Times was supposed to be a magazine that published researched historical and factual information without current politically correct ideology injected into the format. When the Civil War Times went politically correct, I canceled it. Before then, I supported the magazine by allowing them to use many of my photographs and artifacts from my collection. Since then, they haven't got squat.
13 posted on 08/27/2006 9:56:42 AM PDT by vetvetdoug
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To: smug
I wish that was true. But people continue to vote for policies to re-enslave themselves, like the welfare state.
14 posted on 08/27/2006 9:57:15 AM PDT by gafusa
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To: gafusa
people continue to vote for policies to re-enslave themselves, like the welfare state.

Those are self-indentured servants, who can leave the democRat/liberal plantation any time they get a clue.
15 posted on 08/27/2006 10:05:13 AM PDT by smug (Tanstaafl)
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To: girlangler
I was refering to "smug"s comment realting to some sort of imaginary discussion he's having with a professor Gallagher. 11 year old slaves who are personal servants to an officer aren't Confederate soldiers.

Getting a headstone after almost 100 years is nice enough, albeit empty. I guess if one were to think any point one way or the other with regard to these activities it would be why did they not give a confederate veteran's family enough money to even buy a gravestone at the veteran's death?

16 posted on 08/27/2006 10:09:43 AM PDT by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: VanDeKoik
"...Entered service as a servant?
I think some of you neo-Conferderates are reaching..."

Yeah, a servant to a field commander (aka his aide). The article refers to the 90,000 black confederate soldiers. They were freemen who fought alongside their white countrymen in integrated units. (Contrast that with the federal armies that segregated the blacks into cannon-fodder units.)
No, The confederate blacks weren't fighting for slavery, any more than most whites weren't; but for their country, homes, and families.
17 posted on 08/27/2006 10:26:32 AM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( ISLAMA DELENDA NECCES EST!)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
The article refers to the 90,000 black confederate soldiers.

And by 'soldiers", they of course mean slaves were forced to accompany their masters in harm's way.

18 posted on 08/27/2006 10:40:42 AM PDT by ravinson
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To: tallhappy; girlangler
Refresh my memory, where did I say I was having a discussion with Prof. Gary Gallager. I was referring to statements he has made one of which can be viewed on the Library of Congress Web cast page entitled The American Civil War: 365 Days

TITLE: The American Civil War: 365 Days
SPEAKER: Margaret Wagner, Gary Gallagher
EVENT DATE: 04/11/2006
RUNNING TIME: 48 minutes

Does the fact he was a slave mean his service voluntary or not, should not now be honored? That should probably include any conscripted soldier.
Can we say that 11 year old drummer boys killed in battle in the WBTS were not soldiers? They bleed and died just the same.
Some say black persons who only cooked for the Confederacy were not soldiers. My neighbors grandfather was a black cook in WWII in Europe for our soldiers. Guess he wasn't a soldier.
19 posted on 08/27/2006 10:42:40 AM PDT by smug (Tanstaafl)
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To: smug
Again, are you a moron? You seem to be.

Are you trying to make a point?

20 posted on 08/27/2006 10:50:09 AM PDT by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: ravinson

"...by 'soldiers", they of course mean slaves..."


WRONG!!
They were FREE men.

People who don't study history may find it remarkable that there were free blacks living in the South; but there were. Furthermore, some slaves were owned by "persons of color" (as the title documents record.)

BTW, only 12% of white southerners owned slaves.


21 posted on 08/27/2006 11:02:26 AM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( ISLAMA DELENDA NECCES EST!)
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To: tallhappy

"I guess if one were to think any point one way or the other with regard to these activities it would be why did they not give a confederate veteran's family enough money to even buy a gravestone at the veteran's death?"

Who do you think "they" were, in 1926?


22 posted on 08/27/2006 11:15:14 AM PDT by RegulatorCountry
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To: vetvetdoug

I subscribe to CIVIL WAR TIMES. I did not know there was anything wrong with their reporting. Can you fill me in? I don't want a magazine that lies.


23 posted on 08/27/2006 11:16:59 AM PDT by kjo
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
WRONG!! They were FREE men.

Let's review what it said.

"Henderson was born in 1849 in Davidson County, NC. He was 11 years old when he entered service with the Confederate States of America as a cook and servant to Colonel William F. Henderson, a medical doctor."

Eleven years old, later took the same name as the person he served, can there be any doubt that in this case he was a slave?

Just out of curiosity how many free black men do you think served in the confederate army?

24 posted on 08/27/2006 11:26:05 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Non-Sequitur

The majority of 90,000.


25 posted on 08/27/2006 11:28:18 AM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( ISLAMA DELENDA NECCES EST!)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
The article refers to the 90,000 black confederate soldiers. They were freemen who fought alongside their white countrymen in integrated units.

According to the 1860 census there were, at best, about 23,000 free black men of military age in the entire south. Did each of them enlist 4 times?

26 posted on 08/27/2006 11:28:28 AM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY; Non-Sequitur
The majority of 90,000.

I have to agree with NS here. The best number of free black confederates I can come up with is around 7,000 and was probably less. However I would love to get a grant to do in-depth research on the subject. Know anybody with deep pockets?
27 posted on 08/27/2006 11:38:03 AM PDT by smug (Tanstaafl)
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To: smug
Seems there are lots of black confederates these days

28 posted on 08/27/2006 11:44:03 AM PDT by MissouriConservative (People demand freedom of speech to make up for the freedom of thought which they avoid - Kierkegaard)
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To: smug
That is just a silly and gratuitous statement.

It would be, if it hadn't been rendered with ironic intent.

29 posted on 08/27/2006 11:45:36 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: gitmogrunt; tallhappy
To: tallhappy;

smug "You are a moron, aren't you?,<

....And the point of your comment is?

tallhappy just showing its ignorance and disrespect for for a confederate soldier

30 posted on 08/27/2006 12:03:11 PM PDT by righthand man (WE'RE SOUTHERN AND PROUD OF IT)
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To: smug

It's fitting that the young conscript receives recognition so long overdue.


31 posted on 08/27/2006 12:09:12 PM PDT by Ciexyz (Leaning on the everlasting arms.)
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To: Non-Sequitur; ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
I don't know about the 90,000, but free blacks certainly offered their services. Here are some newpaper excerpts at the time of the war reported in the Congressional Globe of May 14, 1868:

We learn that one hundred and fifty able-bodied free colored men of Charleston offered their services gratuitously to the Governor to hasten forward the important work of throwing up redoubts wherever needed along our coasts. [Charleston Mercury, January 3, 1861]

A gentleman from Charleston says that everything there betokens active preparations for fight. The thousand negroes busy building batteries, so far from inclining to resurrection, were grinning from ear to ear at the prospect of shooting the Yankees. [Washington dispatch to the Evening Post, date not provided in the Congressional Globe]

We learn that about seventy of the most respectable free negroes in this city have enrolled themselves, and design tendering their services to the Governor to act in whatever capacity may be assigned them in defense of the State. Three cheers for the patriotic free negroes of Lynchburg. [Republican, Lynchburg, Virginia, April, 1861]

The negroes in all this section of the country, slave and free, are as loyal as could be desired. They freely proffer their services to the State and zealously contend for the privilege of being allowed to work on the batteries. Yesterday General Gwynn declined the services of three hundred from Hampton who solicited employment on the batteries, and twice and thrice that number could be obtained in this vicinity in a single day, if it was thought advisable to accept them. Indeed the entire fortifications of this harbor might be constructed by the voluntary labor of negroes, who would claim no higher reward than the privilege of being allowed to contribute their share toward the defense of the State and the protection of their masters and mistresses, who had always extended a sheltering hand over them. [Petersburg, Virginia Express, dated at Norfolk, April 23, 1861]

32 posted on 08/27/2006 12:11:55 PM PDT by rustbucket
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To: Non-Sequitur; smug
Check with Thomas Sowell, he's a competent history scholar; and a black man as well. The 90,000 figure is his. As to a census report about military age: what span is that? Ages 10 to 60 was/is common for men fighting for their homeland.
33 posted on 08/27/2006 12:12:04 PM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY ( ISLAMA DELENDA NECCES EST!)
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To: VanDeKoik
vandekoik: do a little research next time .

http://37thtexas.org/html/BlkHist.html

Black Confederates Why haven't we heard more about them? National Park Service historian, Ed Bearrs, stated, "I don't want to call it a conspiracy to ignore the role of Blacks both above and below the Mason-Dixon line, but it was definitely a tendency that began around 1910" Historian, Erwin L. Jordan, Jr., calls it a "cover-up" which started back in 1865. He writes, "During my research, I came across instances where Black men stated they were soldiers, but you can plainly see where 'soldier' is crossed out and 'body servant' inserted, or 'teamster' on pension applications." Another black historian, Roland Young, says he is not surprised that blacks fought. He explains that "some, if not most, Black southerners would support their country" and that by doing so they were "demonstrating it's possible to hate the system of slavery and love one's country." This is the very same reaction that most African Americans showed during the American Revolution, where they fought for the colonies, even though the British offered them freedom if they fought for them. It has been estimated that over 65,000 Southern blacks were in the Confederate ranks. Over 13,000 of these, "saw the elephant" also known as meeting the enemy in combat. These Black Confederates included both slave and free. The Confederate Congress did not approve blacks to be officially enlisted as soldiers (except as musicians), until late in the war. But in the ranks it was a different story. Many Confederate officers did not obey the mandates of politicians, they frequently enlisted blacks with the simple criteria, "Will you fight?" Historian Ervin Jordan, explains that "biracial units" were frequently organized "by local Confederate and State militia Commanders in response to immediate threats in the form of Union raids". Dr. Leonard Haynes, an African-American professor at Southern University, stated, "When you eliminate the black Confederate soldier, you've eliminated the history of the South."

34 posted on 08/27/2006 12:12:34 PM PDT by righthand man (WE'RE SOUTHERN AND PROUD OF IT)
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To: tallhappy

I seem to have missed your point. Could you please clarify?


35 posted on 08/27/2006 12:16:02 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: smug
Now we just need to find all the others, black, white, Jewish, union, or confederate that doesn't have a headstone and their proper and overdue respect.

I don't believe sarcasm really is needed for this particular thread.

36 posted on 08/27/2006 12:20:09 PM PDT by ExtremeUnction
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To: smug
Thanks ,Dixie Ping!
37 posted on 08/27/2006 12:37:47 PM PDT by righthand man (WE'RE SOUTHERN AND PROUD OF IT)
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To: ExtremeUnction
Now we just need to find all the others, black, white, Jewish, union, or confederate that doesn't have a headstone and their proper and overdue respect.

Why is that sarcasm? I really meant that.
38 posted on 08/27/2006 12:43:57 PM PDT by smug (Tanstaafl)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
That this 11 year old slave boy was not a confederate, as was contradictorily well recognized by smug himself in a fine post in 26.
39 posted on 08/27/2006 12:59:13 PM PDT by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: RegulatorCountry
Who do you think "they" were, in 1926?

Tennessee. Also, any organizations publkic or private providing funds for confederate veterans.

40 posted on 08/27/2006 1:02:30 PM PDT by tallhappy (Juntos Podemos!)
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To: rustbucket
I don't know about the 90,000, but free blacks certainly offered their services.

And in all your examples that service was, without exception, declined by the government. Government sanction of free blacks in the military was not granted until 1862 (for musicians only) or 1864 (for service positions only) or March 1865 (when blacks were accepted for combat positions.) Unofficially blacks, free and slave, were brought along with the army as cooks, servants, laborers, and the like from the very first.

41 posted on 08/27/2006 1:49:43 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
Check with Thomas Sowell, he's a competent history scholar; and a black man as well.

Dr. Sowell is, in fact, a competent economist, which is where his degrees are. His books are on economics and politics and not history. If he did, in fact, claim that 90,000 free blacks fought for the South then he needs to reexamine his sources.

42 posted on 08/27/2006 1:53:29 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Non-Sequitur
And in all your examples that service was, without exception, declined by the government.

Aside from the example I quoted who had more help than he could use, would you please cite documentation that says their offers to help build fortifications, etc., were refused.

While we're on this topic, here were a couple of other examples I found in the old newspapers.

COLORED TROOOPS IN THE SOUTH -- Fifteen hundred free colored men in New Orleans, at a meeting last Monday night, enrolled themselves for military duty in defense of the Confederate States. [Philadephia Public Ledger, May 1, 1861]

Baltimorians complain greatly at the want of telegraph and mail facilities. Three or four hundred negroes offered services to Southern Regiments. [Kennebec(Maine) Weekly Journal, April 26, 1861]

Also IIRC, free blacks made up some of the fire crews that put out fires in Charleston, SC, caused by Yankee shelling of civilians.

43 posted on 08/27/2006 2:47:36 PM PDT by rustbucket
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To: rustbucket
Aside from the example I quoted who had more help than he could use, would you please cite documentation that says their offers to help build fortifications, etc., were refused.

Since I am unaware of any evidence supporting the fact that their service was accepted it would be pretty much a given that it wasnt.

COLORED TROOOPS IN THE SOUTH -- Fifteen hundred free colored men in New Orleans, at a meeting last Monday night, enrolled themselves for military duty in defense of the Confederate States. [Philadephia Public Ledger, May 1, 1861]

Sure. The Louisiana Native Guard, comprised of free black men of New Orleans, organized itself May 2, 1865 with black officers and offered itself for service in the confederate cause. The Davis government told them to take a hike, and they were later reorganized as a Union regiment.

Baltimorians complain greatly at the want of telegraph and mail facilities. Three or four hundred negroes offered services to Southern Regiments. [Kennebec(Maine) Weekly Journal, April 26, 1861]

And any evidence that their service was accepted?

Also IIRC, free blacks made up some of the fire crews that put out fires in Charleston, SC, caused by Yankee shelling of civilians.

Possibly. Slave labor was conscripted by the Davis government for many purposes, usually without compensation to the slave owners.

44 posted on 08/27/2006 3:36:20 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Non-Sequitur
The Louisiana Native Guard, comprised of free black men of New Orleans, organized itself May 2, 1865 with black officers and offered itself for service in the confederate cause. The Davis government told them to take a hike, and they were later reorganized as a Union regiment.

Your date is wrong. The government ignored or later disbanded them but then called them up to help in the defense of New Orleans, such as it was. My understanding is that very few free blacks of the original native guard troop became part of the later Union regiment. I also remember that there was a mass resignation during the war of many of the blacks in that Union regiment. Didn't like their Northern masters, I guess.

And any evidence that their [Maryland black volunteers] service was accepted?

I don't know. Some may well have gone with Maryland units that fought for the South. [Maryland CSA Units] Many may well have been cooks, mule skinners, musicians, etc.

Slave labor was conscripted by the Davis government for many purposes, usually without compensation to the slave owners.

In this case they were free blacks.

The first fire company to reach the scene was one composed of free Negroes, who all through the war did valiant service fighting fires started by shells, All the time they were fighting the fire, they kept muttering, "cussed bobolitionists." (abolitionists) [Source: The Siege of Charleston, 1861-1865 by E. Milby Burton, director of the Charleston Museum]

45 posted on 08/27/2006 4:26:24 PM PDT by rustbucket
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To: rustbucket
Your date is wrong. The government ignored or later disbanded them but then called them up to help in the defense of New Orleans, such as it was. My understanding is that very few free blacks of the original native guard troop became part of the later Union regiment.

No, the date is right as is the fact that the Davis government refused to accept their service. They lingered as an organization until early in 1862 when the governor ordered them disbanded. They were later admitted as a Union regiment in September of the same year, though I don't know how many of the original ones remained. The long and short is that there was a regiment of upwards of 1500 free black men of Louisiana, equipped and officered at their own expense and of their own race, and the Confederate government would rather lose than accept their service.

I don't know.

I don't know either. They could just as well have stayed home.

46 posted on 08/27/2006 4:34:41 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: Non-Sequitur
[non-seq] The Louisiana Native Guard, comprised of free black men of New Orleans, organized itself May 2, 1865

[rb] Your date is wrong.

[non-seq] No, the date is right

Got some kind of new fangled Yankee calendar there, non? Or did the free blacks wait until after the war to enlist?

47 posted on 08/27/2006 4:50:14 PM PDT by rustbucket
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To: rustbucket

Half right. May 2, 1862.


48 posted on 08/27/2006 5:08:00 PM PDT by Non-Sequitur
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To: zgirl; dixie1202; righthand man; TexConfederate1861; chesley; rustbucket; JamesP81; LeoWindhorse; ..

Dixieping


49 posted on 08/27/2006 5:49:12 PM PDT by stainlessbanner
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To: Non-Sequitur
Half right. May 2, 1862.

Wrong again.

Somebody on the other side please come collect non-sequitur -- he's been wounded on the field of battle. Either that or he's been drinking again.

Formed in May 1861, the First Native Guards was a Confederate militia regiment made up of 440 free blacks, most of them residents of New Orleans.

Statewide by early 1862 more than 3,000 free African Americans had formed military organizations — called Native Guards — and offered their services to the Confederacy. These units included one cavalry and one infantry company in Natchitoches, an infantry company in Plaquemines Parish, a unit of thirty free black men in Baton Rouge,and a regiment in New Orleans. Their primary duties were similar to those of homeguards, to protect their areas of residence from internal and external threat.

[Source: Native Guards]

50 posted on 08/27/2006 5:49:43 PM PDT by rustbucket
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