I've been researching the Civil War in Arkansas and ran across some
stuff about the use of blacks as soliders.
In the 13th AR inf. one man a Young officer, went to the east with
his older slave and the slaves son. During the battle he became
wounded and after being carried back to camp the older slave took up
his arms and went into line he got wounded and likewise was carried
back to camp. the son then took up arms and returned to fight.
The idea that slaves or freedmen in the south didnt fight is tough
to find due to the records of the CS being so scant eithr from
destruction (on purpose) or from loss or lack of record keeping is
one of the main reasons that tis is so tough to find.
Some of the Slaves and Freedmen were involved in the struggle on
both sides is known due to their use as labor or camp use as well as
That the Southern forces hated the blacks and it was against the
law to arm them is not that much diffrent than the hatered and
indiffrence shown to them from the North ($13 white troops $10
Both cultures had a discust that bordered on the plain fact of
The Irish and Italian and Jews were in the same boat. with signs
up saying Job's offered No Irish Jews Italians need apply.
hope this helps
Yours in service