SOUTH CAROLINA: Republicans Want to Build Monument to Black Confederates
The proposal by state Representatives Bill Chumley and Mike Burns for the revisionist pro-Confederacy monument on the statehouse grounds flies in the face of the historical record of the era as well as recent analyses.
“In all my years of research, I can say I have seen no documentation of black South Carolina soldiers fighting for the Confederacy,” Walter Edgar, former director of the University of South Carolina’s Institute for Southern Studies and author of South Carolina: A History, told The State.
“In fact, when secession came, the state turned down free (blacks) who wanted to volunteer because they didn’t want armed persons of color,” Edgar added.
There are also no payroll records of any black soldiers being paid in South Carolina. And all of the 300-plus blacks who did receive pensions for their time in the Confederate Army were either servants or cooks.
The lack of payroll records makes sense because until the last year of the Civil War, Confederate law barred blacks from bearing arms, The State reported, further suggesting that there simply were no blacks serving the pro-slavery rebel forces.
Last month, Chumley and Burns …
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