Brass Napoleon Award Black Southerners and the Confederate Cause--What the newspapers said: 1861-1865


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According to this article, there were four black men in the 24th South Carolina, two of whom owned slaves. One of them was captured at Missionary Ridge. There might be enough information here to determine who these men were. Could it be this man? https://civilwartalk.com/threads/black-confederate-count.142783/page-3#post-1749691
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Co. C, 24th South Carolina Infantry
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Great find.
He was reported as either captured or killed. Looks like he may have died in prison as there is no later record of him. Article: "His first company commander was Captain Apleby."
Company C- Captain Appleby.
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Thanks for sharing that. It's good to be able to confirm accurate reporting. That's not always possible.

We get a different target of racism in the form of an anti-Semitic term in this article. "Shylocks" is applied to white men who horde their money and possessions, while the four slaves who are the subject of the story are praised for supporting the men in the field.

"They had seen suffering soldiers, and it touched their hearts to compassion...."

Memphis daily appeal. (Memphis, Tenn.) 1847-1886, December 17, 1862
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This editorial envisions how the mass arming of black men in the Union army will ultimately force the South to do the same, which will force them to also free their families, which will lead to the irreversible end of slavery.

This article also goes on to say that even if the South sacrifices slavery for independence, and wins the war, within a year they'll be back looking to reconstruct the old Union. The writer of this article is very much of the "slavery is the only difference between north and south" school of thought.

Chicago daily tribune. [volume] (Chicago, Ill.) 1860-1864, August 03, 1863
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This is a long post-war article, and maybe more context than is needed, but I thought i'd include it all for the sake of information. The highlighted portion reads:

One of the most notable incidents to the day was the presence of Wash Herron who was the body servant of Thomas Barksdale, a gallant soldier of Co. "G" who fell at Chickmauga.​
Wash has been regularly enrolled as a member of the "Briars" and is one of the most faithful attendants at their reunions.​

The Laurens advertiser. (Laurens, S.C.) 1885-1973, May 17, 1905
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