Category Archives: Black Confederates

March 31, 1865: A letter about arming the slaves

Images of a black Union soldier suggest a problem with this scheme. ************************************************* The New York Times publishes a captured letter a Tennessean in 1863, advocating the arming of slaves. The writer, who is left anonymous, feels that it’s not … Continue reading

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March 24, 1865: Yet more on Black Confederates

The New York Times has a couple of items from southern papers relating to arming slaves. The first company in Richmond wasn’t ready to parade, but apparently Kirby Smith has 25,000 black troops, which will never again be heard of. … Continue reading

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March 18, 1865: Recruiting black Confederates

The Richmond Daily Dispatch publishes a call for black “volunteers” to fight for the Confederacy. The message is addressed to “the People of Virginia,” but it is clearly intended for the white people of Virginia, as it calls on those … Continue reading

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March 13, 1865: Black Confederates, finally!

The Confederate Congress finally passes the “black Confederates” bill. AN ACT to increase the military force of the Confederate States. The Congress of the Confederate States of America do enact, That, in order to provide additional forces to repel invasion, … Continue reading

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February 21, 1865: Confederate Senate passes bill to raise black troops

This image shows members of the Louisiana Native Guard, who actually would have been black Confederates early in the war, but the Confederacy wouldn’t take them when they volunteered. Many of them later served the Union after New Orleans fell. … Continue reading

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February 20, 1865: Richmond Dispatch calls for black troops

Yeah, it’s the same old photo of a “black Confederate”. There just aren’t many out there. Guess why? The editor of the Richmond Daily Dispatch has changed his mind about black soldiers, thanks to General Lee. If Lee wants black … Continue reading

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February 10, 1865: Confederate congress takes up arming slaves

The 13th Amendment New York TImes: DOVER, Del., Thursday, Feb. 9. The Legislature yesterday rejected the proposed amendment to the Constitution, by a three-fourths vote in the Senate and a two-thirds vote in the House. Two bills, somewhat different, were … Continue reading

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February 9, 1865: The “Negro soldier scheme”

The Confederate Senate defeated a proposal to arm slaves, for now. Meanwhile, Forrest is in favor of it. And people who think there were thousands of “black Confederates” are living in fantasy land. The 13th Amendment New York TImes: Ratification … Continue reading

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February 8, 1865: Free the slaves to win the war

The 13th Amendment New York TImes: AUGUSTA, Me., Tuesday, Feb. 7. The Maine Legislature to-day ratified the Constitutional Amendment abolishing slavery, and a salute of one hundred guns was fired in honor of the event. ST. LOUIS, MO., Tuesday, Feb. … Continue reading

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January 23, 1865: South won’t really arm slaves

Ever wonder why it’s always the same picture of a “Black Confederate”? **************************************************************** The New York Times points out that, although the South is finally talking about arming slaves, they can’t seriously hope to have a significant number of them … Continue reading

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