Your opinion(s) are noted, but you fail to show where the Confederate Government allowed the blacks/slaves in the ranks to have the same status (Confederate) as the whites. I don't see anywhere written that they did so, have you? I don't see any laws written that made them so, nothing in the Confederate OR's, Proclamations, or in the debate records.Excellent blog post, and in the last few years of researching this subject, I have seen many of the same facts he points out and seen many of the same reactions from people who would rather downplay this topic. It is a controversial one, and as I've said before, the controversy is what drew my attention to it in the first place.
I thought his definitions were quite useful:
So what is the proper definition of a Black Confederate?These are the three best examples of how one can best define a Black Confederate:(1) Any black male, slave or freeman, who served in the Confederate military in any service capacity (cook, musician, teamster, body servant, or other such service job) who, of his own free will and without coercion, fought in defense of an individual Confederate soldier, a Confederate unit, or acted in defiance against the Union military.(2) Any black male, slaver or freeman, who served in the Confederate military in any service capacity captured by Union forces, imprisoned in Union prisoner of war camps, and refused despite all efforts by the enemy to take the oath of loyalty, desert, or behave in any way disloyal to the Confederate military, or the Confederacy.(3) Any black Southern civilian who, of their own free will, volunteered their service, or preformed any action in support of, or in defense of, the Confederacy against the Union invader.
So why are folk calling them "Black Confederates" today, when they didn't back then?