A number of people have picked up on a recent news item that two children of Union soldiers are still receiving monthly payments from the U.S. government. It certainly reminds us of how close we are to the generation that fought to preserve this nation, but what I have yet to see is any acknowledgment that the two recipients currently live in former Confederate states. All we know is that one lives in Tennessee and the other in North Carolina. It raises all sorts of questions. Did the families move after the war or were the soldiers in question Southern Unionists? Of course, we can’t answer that question, but I prefer the former.
Still Only One Generation Removed
Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth
“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History