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I've come across this name and want to see if there's more on him. George Dance, apparently a corporal with the 8th Tennessee, Donelson's Brigade, Cheatham's Division, Polk's Corps, Army of Tennessee. He took part in the fighting at Stones River and served as a member of the burial detail for Colonel William Moore.



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Hellcat-

  George Dance was a black man who served as color bearer and later color sergeant of the 8th Tennessee Infantry, CSA. He was apparently the slave or former slave of the family of the regimental surgeon.

  Here is a bit of biographical information and a picture. The picture is from a reunion of the regiment in 1906. George Dance is the second man from the right in the back row.

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  I don't find George Dance in the CWSS, but he did apply for a Confederate pension.

http://www.amtour.net/downloadable/BlackMenListedOnConfederateRosters.pdf


  As for the regimental surgeon, Dr. S.E.H. Dance- he didn't make it to the 1906 reunion, since he died in 1900.

S.E.H. Dance (1834 - 1900) - Find A Grave Memorial

  He was a charter member of two schools after the war, the Lynchburg Male and Female Institute, and the Lynchburg Normal School. The latter had both white and black students.


Lynchburg, Moore County, Tennessee Schools

  A short bio of Dr. Dance, as of 1887, can also be found on this site.


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Looking at the list of black men that served in the confederate armies i see that a good number of them came from york county south carolina. do ya'll have any information as to why so many? Did york county at the time openly enlist black soldiers?



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csamillerp wrote: Looking at the list of black men that served in the confederate armies i see that a good number of them came from york county south carolina. do ya'll have any information as to why so many? Did york county at the time openly enlist black soldiers?

 
I’m not an expert, but a quick look at a few different rosters shows many black men from York County listed as "body servant" to a white man.  Maybe it was an especially popular fad in their neck of the woods.  It is interesting, though.



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TD, what is your source for the claim that Dance was a color bearer? To me he looks like a slave pressed into service as a nurse-not uncommon.

Mark



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Mark-

  There are a number of sources that identify George Dance as color bearer of the 8th Tennessee Infantry, CSA.

  Here are a couple of them:

Film Maker Has Personal Interest In Blacks Who Served Confederacy

color bearer « kevin-m-weeks-blog

  Going back to the 1906 reunion photo that I posted a link to in my previous post- look closely at George Dance. He has his hand on the shoulder of the white man standing next to him. He isn't taking the posture of an inferior, but seems to be indicating an affection for a white comrade. If he was indeed a member of the color guard of the regiment, I would not be surprised if the other man was also.

Civil War Soldiers  Here is the photo again.



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it is very strange. worth investigating i think



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No Mark, what I was reading says he was Color Guard from 1861 to Stones River at the very least and he finished the war as a Color Sergeant.



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I am curious what you were reading Hellcat. Was it written during the war or afterwards?

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Sorry to not get back sooner, Mark. The book is It Happened in the Cvil War by Michael R. Bradley. Bradley does state Dance first became color guard at Shiloh (Pittsburg Landing).



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Thanks for the reference Hellcat. I'm going to do some digging and see what I can find out.

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TD, the link Kevin Weeks link you provided had an address for African-Americans in the Confederate Army (http://www.blackconfederatesoldiers.com). I found Dance in the Tennessee Confederate Pension records (http://www.blackconfederatesoldiers.com/tennessee_confederate_states_pensions_13.html) as 173 on the list. Lists him as being from Moore County with pension number C46. C in the pension number is stated on the page to mean Colored. Seems a low pension number, maybe he was one of the first African-Americans from Tennessee to get a Confederate pension.



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Hellcat-

 I mentioned that George Dance from TN didn't appear in the Civil War Soldiers and Sailors System. But, of course, as good as that archive is, it doesn't include everyone who served, and it double and triple counts some with different names, initials, and aliases who are the same person.

Civil War Soldiers and Sailor System

  As you said, George Dance is well documented in the state records.

  As an aside, referencing the links I provided, both Stan Armstrong and Kevin Weeks are black.



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Hellcat-

  Here is more info on George Dance. Whoever wrote the text has confused Shiloh with Stones River (01 Jan 1863).

George "Uncle George" Dance (1842 - 1924) - Find A Grave Memorial


  It seems that early in  the war, George Dance was a medical orderly in the 1st TN when his former master, Dr. S.E.H. Dance, was a surgeon in that regiment. In 1862, apparently, both men moved on to the 8th TN, where George Dance became a member of the color guard of that regiment.

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