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To: cowboyway
Slaves were not allowed to fight in the federal army, Ijames said. Those that made their way behind Union lines were still considered slaves.

Curious statement.

The historical truth is that about 210,000 black men fought in the Union Army. About half were escaped or ex-slaves. Apparently these 100,000+ men weren't aware they were still considered slaves or that they weren't allowed to fight.

7 posted on 07/27/2008 12:50:27 PM PDT by Sherman Logan (Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - A. Lincoln)
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To: Sherman Logan
The historical truth is that about 210,000 black men fought in the Union Army. About half were escaped or ex-slaves. Apparently these 100,000+ men weren't aware they were still considered slaves or that they weren't allowed to fight.

The historical truth is that the union didn't allow for the enlistment of blacks until the war was well under way and Lincoln was in a panic because things weren't going very well for the union.

The historical truth is that it took union congressional legislation to allow blacks to enlist.

11 posted on 07/27/2008 2:06:49 PM PDT by cowboyway ("The beauty of the Second Amendment is you won't need it until they try to take it away"--Jefferson)
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To: Sherman Logan

“Those who deny freedom to others deserve it not for themselves. - A. Lincoln”

And yet, Abe said he was willing to do just that if it meant preserving the Union. Go figure.


50 posted on 07/28/2008 10:30:10 AM PDT by Lee'sGhost (Johnny Rico picked the wrong girl!)
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