I got a real kick out of this short video featuring Virginia Flagger Barry Isenhour and Teresa Roane, who used to work as an archivist at the Museum of the Confederacy and now with the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
The video posted just yesterday focuses on black Confederates. I am singled out, along with historian John Coski, as anti-Southerners who just can’t seem to acknowledge that the Confederacy was at the forefront of civil rights with their recruitment of black Confederate soldiers. Yeah, it gets old after a while.
I am certainly not expecting you to watch the entire video. It’s an absolute mess. Even the first example of a so-called black Confederate that is brought up by Ms. Roane falls on its face. Richard Poplar was a body servant or what I call in my book, a camp slave.
One question that always lingers: If the Confederacy had recruited all these men as soldiers, why did they bother debating that very question in 1864-65? Why didn’t anyone involved in this debate point out that black men were already serving as soldiers?
This is a wonderful example of what happens when people gain access to primary sources that they have very little or no ability to properly interpret.
One final point. My name doesn’t rhyme. 🙂