It looks like an elite unit of black Confederate soldiers was indeed trained during the war. Enjoy. In all seriousness, if you want to follow a very interesting line of inquiry that may result in a legitimate black Confederate soldier I urge you to check out this discussion thread. Kate Holleron is researching her great-great grandfather, who served in the 26th Tennessee Infantry. This is how serious research is done and I couldn’t be happier that this blog is assisting Kate in the research process.
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