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Slaves in Grey

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  • acesdugout2003
    Hi Y all 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
    Message 1 of 1 , Nov 1, 2002
      Hi Y'all
      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
      volunteer service.
      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
      black).
      Both cultures had a discust that bordered on the plain fact of
      bigotry.
      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
      James Acerra
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