Prof. Brooks Simpson sums up my position on the issue of Black Confederates quite nicely here. So what, indeed.
Neo-Confederates and Lost Causers like to argue that blacks served in the Confederate army willingly because it puts a more human face on the issue of slavery. A few may well have served for reasons entirely of their own. Most would have done so involuntarily for the simple reason that they were slaves.
At the end of the day, though, so what?Scridb filter