R.I.P. Mattie Clyburn Rice
For those of you who linked to this site from the AP story about Mattie Clyburn Rice and are visiting for the first time, welcome. For those of you interested in reading further about the subject of black Confederate soldiers I put together this page, which includes some of the many posts on this blog as well as external resources. One of the most popular examples of so-called black Confederates is that of Silas Chandler. In 2012 I co-authored an essay about Silas and the famous photograph of him with his owner, Andrew Chandler, for Civil War Times magazine.
Here is what we know about Weary Clyburn:
- Weary was owned by Frank Clyburn and brought into the war.
- Weary applied for a soldiers pension after the war.
- Nowhere in his obituary was he recognized as a Confederate soldier.
- Weary’s pension application was denied after his death. In other words, the state of North Carolina recognized him as a slave in the 1860s.
Again, those are the fact as I understand them. Thanks for stopping by.