I don't see anyone here denying the official policy of the CS government with regard to who could and could not serve in the ranks, though I would again say that that policy is not the final word on the subject and not the only thing that matters here. The question is this: do you think the men and officers who were told "no" simply gave up and went home, or did they find a way to serve anyway? Clearly in some cases they found other avenues to fight or support the war effort, despite the official government policy.\n\n\nI am sorry, but their official policy mattered the most. This is why the idea of using black soldiers was repeatedly struck down by the Confederate government when it was suggested by the likes of Patrick Cleburne. Yes, there were exceptions and oddballs as they always happened throughout the history of mankind. Few free people of color found ways to stay in the Confederate army as combat soldiers by breaking the rules? Absolutely true, because mostly they looked white enough and it defeats the whole discussion over the issue of Black & Mixed-Race Confederate combat soldiers. They 'passed' as a white person in a white society of the South.\n\nMy question is : Did the Confederate government officially accept the reality that they were loyal black & mixed-race folks who offered their service as combat soldiers to the Confederacy? You know the answer. They did not until March 1865. It was the Confederate government which failed to give these men chances to prove their worth and grant them a proper recognition. Let this sink in for a moment.\n\nWhat really disappoints me is that some members who are highly likely intelligent and knowledgeable, thus should know better are so fixated on this legend of Black Confederates and go far as implying that the Confederacy was disorganized rabbles who did not even know their policy of employing black combatants and absolutely failed to implement their official policy of which they made it crystal clear time and time again - no black (combat) soldiers in our army's ranks.