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|Texas Defender wrote:
It seems that we have come to a general agreement on most of the issues discussed. I would agree, for example, that many thousands of blacks served the Union in non-combat roles such as teamsters, laborers, and cooks. I would point out that many thousands of blacks served the CSA in identical roles. Using the same standards, many thousands of blacks served against the north, for one reason or another.
The standards were not *quite* the same. Very few in the south determined their type or term of service. I know of no northern blacks in service that escaped south to serve the CSA but many southern blacks that went tthe other way...