Blacks and the Confederacy: an incomplete story

I received an invitation to the 116th annual General Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy in Biloxi, Miss. I don’t think I’ll be going, but I was nevertheless intrigued. So I called the national headquarters in Richmond, Va., to ask if African Americans were members. “We haven’t had any until recently,” the receptionist explained.

It’s estimated that between 60,000 and 93,000 blacks served the Confederate military “in some capacity.” Many, no doubt, as the receptionist described them, were “body servants” who went to war with their masters.

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