Re: [civilwarwest] Re: Cleburne's Promotion/ Ex-slave Confederate units
- I suppose it could happen but I wonder about how you instil patriotism in
someone you have enslaved? I'm sure there were blacks who did fight for the
South (let's not go there) but I don't believe the numbers would have been that
significant. I don't believe any of the slaves at the beginning of the war knew
what the war was about, period, let alone thinking it was about slavery.
Anyway, it is a good "what if".
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From: "carlw4514" <carlw4514@...>
Sent: Friday, January 04, 2002 2:58 PM
Subject: [civilwarwest] Re: Cleburne's Promotion/ Ex-slave Confederate units
| Point well taken. But why is it that, for people who sympathize with
| the Union side in the ACW, there is this tendency to underestimate the
| power of the motivation to fight for hearth and home? And we are
| talking about 1861, when for example there were all black militia
| (free blacks) being formed in Louisiana, I do think it is possible
| that a call to patriotic duty with a "freedom bonus" could have
| produced results. Although I am sure there were slaves who instantly
| felt that the war was about ending slavery, in 1861 I would say this
| was far from universal.
| -But hey, you always hate "what-if's", Connie!
| --- In civilwarwest@y..., Aurelie1999@a... wrote:
| I do believe that using the term ex-slaves is
| > They were talking about arming "slaves" and promising them freedom
| when the
| > war was over. Of course, that promise assumes that a blackman would
| > foolish enough to believe the whiteman to keep his masterly promise.
| I doubt
| > that any black CSA units would have been very trustworthy,
| enthusiastic or
| > effective. Connie
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