Did black Americans actually fight for the confederacy?

Posted: February 21, 2005 in Uncategorized

Yes, according to Alan Lovell of Piedmont college. He discusses how blacks willingly fought for the plantations of the old south. I have also read from multiple sources that blacks did in fact on their own accord fight for the confederacy. We can thank political correctness along with just plain ignorance on our part for allowing these historical facts to fade into oblivion.

However, African-Americans did fight and die for the Southern cause. In a letter to President Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglas himself stated, “There are at the present moment many colored men in the Confederate Army doing duty not only as cooks, servants, and laborers, but real soldiers, having muskets on their shoulders and bullets in their pockets, ready to shoot down any loyal troops and do all that soldiers may do to destroy the Federal Government and build up that of the rebels.” [In Williams, On Black Confederates] Douglas’s report is clear; African-Americans were fighting as real soldiers in the Confederate Army. (more…)

As you my know, one of the main things that I try to do with this site is to discuss issues from a very different angle. Since I found the history of black confederates very intriguing, I decided to dig a little deeper.

No Photoshop doctoring on this one on my part either. This is J.J.Johnson, Editor-n-Chief of www.sierratimes.com. Here is an excerpt of an article he wrote expressing his defense of a proud black heritage that is mingled with both confederate and union blood (please read the entire article when you get a chance):

Okay, so what’s wrong with me? In celebration of slain Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King’s day (week?) if I watch enough news, I should be out there with my black brethren yelling, screaming and looking to burn every free waving set of Stars and Bars I run across. So what’s wrong? Shouldn’t I be offended as well? In a way, yes. I am. And here’s why: I had ancestors who fought on both sides of that war – which was anything but civil. Surprised? Yes, in Northern Mississippi in fact. Cousin against cousin. One man trying to protect what was his, and one who escaped slavery only to be drafted into taking his cousin’s land away. This little fact, along with all the arguments about Southern Heritage, Southern Pride and Remembering the Gentlemen who in died war gets lost in all the noise about why it’s so “insensitive.”

…And I am just fed up with it.

More than that, I’m fed up with the yellow-bellied, white guys who don’t have the guts to fight back on the issue. I know, no one wants to get labeled the “R” word. To politicians, it’s a label that’s worse than being called a liar, an adulterer or a draft dodger. And heaven knows, you white guys in the public sector better not even bring it up at work or in public. There’s a civil rights lawsuit with your name on it. Yet, I know how many of you – especially you folks south of the Mason-Dixon line must feel right now. (more…)

Walter E. Williams (yes, the nationally-recognized economist) also has a short piece on this same page. Here is an excerpt:

Black civil rights activists and their white liberal supporters who are attacking the Confederate flag have committed a deep, despicable dishonor to our patriotic black ancestors who marched, fought and died to protect their homeland from what they saw as Northern aggression. They don’t deserve the dishonor. (more…)

So as you can see from just the excerpts that I have presented to you, our fight against anything that reflects the confederacy is an ignorant one. By demanding that this part of our history is “white-washed” into oblivion, we are in effect burying a part of ourselves. If you reading this posting, and you happen to be black, before you get angry I want you to realize one thing: Many of our ancestors did in fact fight for the confederacy on their own accord and not because of any kind of threat. If this was the case, don’t you think they would have banded together with their confederate guns and go out with guns a-blazing’? I personally believe that many of these black Americans faught for more personal reasons rather than for the preservation of slavery.

Will you choose to honor them this black history month, or give in to a PC cover-up?

Related links:

BlackConfederates.com

Black Confederates Fact Page

Shades of Gray: Did Blacks Fight Freely For the Confederacy?

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Comments
  1. Ron says:

    Interesting article. I’d read about this in the past and always found it an interesting factoid that is downright ignored. But thanks for putting it out there.

  2. Believe It or Not

    H. K. Edgerton, from Asheville, North Carolina, ardently defends the Confederate battle flag and his “southern heritage.” He sings Dixie in public and proudly dons a Confederate Army uniform to further illustrate his dedication. What is so newsworthy about this? Mr. Edgerton is African American! I thought I was reading a sick April Fools joke until I realized we had another month to go. Ironically, Mr. Edgerton was the former president of the Asheville Chapter of the NAACP. Hmmm, I wonder why he’s no longer President? He is now chairman of the board of an organization founded “for the specific purpose of aiding persons whose constitutional and civil rights have been violated in connection with their Southern heritage.” To demonstrate his “love of his southern heritage,” H.K. and his brother walked over 1600 miles from North Carolina to Austin, to deliver a letter to the President, protesting the removal of two Confederate plaques from the Statehouse. Shouldn’t H. K and his brother have headed north to Washington, instead of west to Austin to deliver a letter to the President? And why are they delivering a letter to the President concerning a Texas issue?

    In his letter, he requested a meeting with Bush to “discuss ways of achieving cultural justice for all Southerners, who find themselves the victims of the only prejudice and discrimination still allowed in America.” He complained that white school children felt, “intimidated if they wear clothing depicting a flag that former President Carter called a legitimate American icon.”

    Mr. Edgerton’s views on slavery aren’t exactly mainstream either. When talking about his family he remarked, “I’m glad my great-great grandmama Hattie didn’t get left behind [in Africa], that she found her way into the southland.” Mr. Edgerton also believes, “Most of the black folks didn’t even want emancipation around here. Because they looked around and saw how the free black folks were living, and you know they looked and said, ‘There’s some poor folks over there. I don’t want that.” The Black Informant has more on Black Confederates.

  3. aBlackMan says:

    was not attempting to schew your page, used some html, you can delete, probably not important anyway.

  4. unclebanana says:

    This is absolutely abhorrent! Southern pride? Don’t make me laugh! Those uncle Tom’s defended slavery and you laud them for it? Atrocious

  5. […] ============== I wrote about black Americans involvement and support of the Confederacy: Did black Americans actually fight for the confederacy? […]

  6. Daniel says:

    The ignorance of the american public on any of its historcal past is absoultly amazing. If most of us took the time to study history through and through then i think we’d find that Edgerton is pretty accurate. Im a twenty-three from Georgia and also had relitves in slavery and i support the equilty of history that Edgerton is promoting

  7. Nathan Long says:

    Now who ever the hell posted the thiing up there that refered to us as Uncle Tom’s ain’t only ignorant bout us but also ignorant bout them selves Uncle Tom was the poor old black fellar in that damned yankee propganda piece uncle tom’s cabin Uncle Tom was a Slave not a white southerner retard and by the way I am proud of H.K. cause he stands up for what he believes and knows is right and besides we ain’t racist I am a proud pro-confederate southerner and by the by my girlfriend whom i plan to marry just so happens to be black.

  8. Jake says:

    You see how the NAACP treats people who truly want equality for all races. I had someone tell me the colored in NAACP stands for all races…is that why they have done nothing for American indians except jump on the band wagon already started by American Indian Organizations? Is that why American Indians are the only ones in America that still have to register themselves to get any help through the government? Native Americans deal with the federal government through two agencies: the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service, the NAACP has never helped with this process. It also makes it worse when it is widely known most American Indians can not register because their ancestors did not register because of persecution after registering. Also why does the NAACP accuse the Jewish community of not reinvesting into the black community when they haven’t done anything for the Jewish community in decades? Culture is culture and the NAACP does not care about any one elses culture but their own. They are the largest group of racists in the US and that is why I would never support them or become a member.

    Uncle Banana…you’re a racist.

  9. Killer of Giants says:

    At Camp Douglas there is a black Confederate sergeant buried, along with the other POWs who died while being held there (of all races). There’s a black funeral parlor owner I met up there in about 1994 that flies the Southern Cross in front of his funeral home every day — wonderful man, I met him when I was up there for a Confederate POW Society meeting.

  10. Common Sense says:

    I fly the 3rd National Confederate flag on the front of my vehicle and I constantly get hassled for it. It’ll never come off either. Anyone who reads history and actually takes the time to look at the date on The Emancipation Proclamation v/s the start of the un-civil war should be able to realize that slavery had nothing to do with the war. I have met black men and women at League of the South meetings as well as SCV re-enacments who are proud of that flag. And I must say that it’s nice to see and meet persons who are capable of turning off the tv and studying up on our history and southern heritage. More people should do just that.

  11. Henry Bemis says:

    Yes they did for various reasons, mostly because they had been told by slave owners and minor bureaucrats that by fighting for the Confederate states they would be legally freed after the war concluded. This, much like the decree of grants of “40 acres and a mule”. Both never materialized. The brother above with the flag behind him….well…I guess he is a southern who viewed (quite objectively) the aggression of the North as an attack on the “manhood” of the Southern protectorate.

    African-American history is really the most fascinating (yes, I’m bias 🙂 history and story of the Americas. Please learn more, read more and think more critically about it. Also, learn as much as you can about the incredible richness of Afr-Am culture. It’s much more then (not to say these are “justs” but it is in addition to) music, sports, and political figures.

  12. LD Towers says:

    It’s interesting- as a Canadian, they always taught us that the Civil War was started over states rights, and not slavery; but, I never heard about black confederates.

    It amazes me how the North rewrote so much history to make themselves look more victorious.

    Thank you so much for posting this. I’m presently working on a civil war novel and tripped over your blog while following a research link.

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