Folk are always bringing up that "free blacks" were in, or somehow "joined" the Confederate Army. I am curious as to how much "freedom" they actually had in the slave South? Folk seem to throw that term "free blacks" around like those who were free, had special privileges.Did they?
Mountain out of a molehill. The phrase as used at the time obviously referred to blacks who were not Slaves.
Free is a relative term, as in was a 'free' black in Ohio more, less or the same Free as a slave in Kentucky? As to 'how' free they were can one logically deduce which would more likely exchange places with the other?