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"Black men in the Confederate army": what the newspapers said - 1861-1865

Discussion in 'Civil War History - General Discussion' started by Andersonh1, Sep 12, 2016.

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    With all the discussion about whether black men served as armed soldiers in the Confederate Army, I wanted to start researching contemporary accounts from the war years, 1861-1865, and see what made the newspapers. Thanks to the Library of Congress, there are huge amounts of old papers online, with a pretty good search engine, so it's not hard to find what the papers of the day said. So far I've found rumors, eyewitness accounts, editorials and random references. There was a range of opinion about the topic, just as there is today.

    The purpose of this thread is not to necessarily prove or disprove anything, it's to explore what the news of the day said about the concept. If you want to debate the existence of black Confederates, there are numerous other threads dedicated to that topic. While here, please confine discussion and commentary to posted articles and any observations you may have about them. Any supporting information that tells us about people, places or battles mentioned in an article is also welcome.
     
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    Another article about 1st Manassas.

    Daily intelligencer. (Wheeling, Va. [W. Va.]) 1859-1865, July 30, 1861
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    The daily Evansville journal. (Evansville, Ind.) 1862-1863, May 29, 1862
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    Rutland weekly herald. (Rutland, Vt.) 1859-1877, March 19, 1863
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    Another enrolling notice for North Carolina, which includes "free male negroes and other free persons of color" between the ages of 18 and 60.

    The daily confederate. (Raleigh, N.C.) 1864-1865, April 07, 1864
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    The daily Green Mountain freeman. (Montpelier, Vt.) 1861-1865, March 14, 1863
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