Re: [civilwarwest] Re: / paroling and exchanging black troops
- What was the position on black troops. Some would not capture black troops ,
but would kill them. The blacks however were used by the CSA , for manual
labor, such as trenches , breast works etc.When suggested that if the former
slaves served in the CSA ,and earn their freedom, wasnt it Jeff Davis who
squashed this?But the CSA use of the blacks increased their manpower. Also at
reunions some blacks were members of CSA units.So apparently some served in
the CSA,even though people such as DAvis would not admit or their service to
the CSA.So the standard was very flexible.
- In a message dated 6/4/02 12:52:31 AM Eastern Daylight Time, fishx111@...
> What was the position on black troops. Some would not capture black troops,
> but would kill them.It very much depended on who did the capturing. Often some would be
killed to serve as an example. The OR has some correspondence in the
fall of 1863 between the Union post commander at Port Hudson and his
local CS counterpart. The issue is the accusation that a Federal patrol
of USCT men had been captured and executed. OTOH, we know
there were black POWs in Andersonville and they actually had a higher
survival rate than the white POWs.