I don't know if there was ever a survey conducted on what the Blacks would have done. The fact that so many did not choose to leave the South is sort of telling. I've told it before but you were not here. During WWII, my Granddaddy was called back from retirement from the Navy. He was stationed here at Naval Hospital, Pensacola. Someone told him there was a patient on one of the wards who had the same, exact name as he. He went to see the man and it was a Black man. His Grandparents had at one time been slaves of Granddaddy's grandparents. The former slaves children all were named for a member of Grandaddy's family. That Black family also did not leave Elbert County, Georgia when they could have. To them, it was home.
I'm just wondering if they may have omitted the wording or even the entire record for some Blacks who may have served. At wars end, the paperwork was flying everywhere and it's a miracle that so much of it was intact.