Saturday, April 15, 2017

On the Confederacy's "Negro Soldier Law" of 1865

While the initial legislation did not include emancipation (in exchange for enlistment into the military), an executive order by President Davis several days later did; "......No slave will be accepted as a recruit unless with his own consent and with the approbation of his master by a written instrument CONFERRING, AS FAR AS HE MAY, THE RIGHTS OF A FREEDMAN......" Wow, if only they had come up with this a few years earlier, how different history might have been (this despite the fact that blacks had served unofficially in the Confederate army for quite some time prior to this).

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