This is the first black Confederate headstone dedication that I’ve come across in quite some time. There is nothing particularly unusual about this story except for the fact that there is no attempt to hide the fact that the individual in question is clearly not a soldier.
It couldn’t be any clearer.
Stover was the slave of Samuel Murray Stover whose brother, Daniel, was the son-in-law of President Andrew Johnson. Robert Stover was born January 12, 1846 in Carter County, Tennessee.
Robert Stover accompanied his master when he went off to fight for southern independence. Bob served as a teamster. As Robert and Samuel were returning from Virginia, they were captured by the Union army at Fall Branch in March of 1865. They were released at the conclusion of the war a month later. Robert later received a pension from the state of Tennessee for his service to the Confederate Army.
There you have it. He was not a soldier, but a slave. The pension that Stover received from the state of Tennessee was for his presence in the army as a slave. No one denies that Stover was a slave and yet he is being honored as a soldier. The stupidity on display by the Sons of Confederate Veterans and the writer of this article is really quite remarkable.
Look for H.K. Edgerton to do his little song and dance routine for the white crowd.