--- JakeO, I addressed this point earlier. You start out agreeing that blacks served, then, having set up your straw man, you wonder why no one could see him.
There is no straw man set up, Stan. George keeps trying to say I am claiming no blacks served. I am not saying that. I am however making a clear distinction to blacks serving unofficially in small numbers in local units more or less on the sly on the one hand, (which was being done) and a policy to officially make it a deliberate practice to arm as many willing slaves as possible out of a vast untapped pool, which certainly was not done, but could have been doine, and should have been done, as many competent generals, including Lee, vigorously promoted, some earlier than others.
I am saying whatever was the case in limited numbers unofficially was not done in large enough officialy numbers to influence the outcome of the struggle. This was clearly a policy choice from CSA leadership in the highest circles. The fact that you say local commanders even had to hide the race of their men from Richmond proves my point. A different policy in Richmond on arming and using slaves may have won independence. To refuse emancipation at the cost of independence was a bad choice.
Your "keep race off the rolls" and let Richmond assume all are white, is interesting though... it was a 19th century don't ask don't tell.