The point is this: 65,000 blacks in the CSA army means a ration of approximately 1 out of every 30 soldiers in the CSA was colored. It also means their were more colored soldiers in the CSA than Iowans in the Union army.
I won't dispute the numbers. but 1 in 30 means that there could notpossibly be a CSA soldier not aware of this fact, or having witnessed it with their own eyes.
65,000 INTEGRATED colored men, who would certainly stand out, unlike Iowans in an Illinois unit for instance, slaves and free, would be clearly obvious to evey officer in the CSA. Yet, long long before reconstuction, and whatever woes you wish to pin on after the war northerners, the 80 men of the CSA congress, and the virulent editorialsist of the public press were stabbing these men of extraordinary courage in the back and actively in hateful terms making sure they did not get any official promise of emancipation, and where is the outrgae of their fellow soldiers?
This has absolutely nothing to do with yankees before during or after the war. It has to do with either the absolute incompetence of congressmen and editorialist of the south who either were completely out of touch with reality to not be aware every 30th man in the CSA armed forces was colored, or else they were themost ungrateful pernicious bastards who ever lived.
If this 65,000 figure is true it is an everlasting shame on the leaders of the CSA, not post war yankees, if they stood silent while such hateful lies slandered brave soldiers in the field. if this 65,000 figure is true, it is a reproach beyond measure on the manhood and character and justice of the white CSA soldiers who would sit silent and allow THEMSELVES, who fought alongside these 65,000 black colored soldiers to be characterzed in the public press as this:
" The soldiers of South Carolina will not fight beside a nigger -- to talk of emancipation is to disband our army. We are free men, and we chose to fight for ourselves -- we want no slaves to fight for us. Skulkers, money lenders, money makers, and blood-suckers, alone will tolerate the idea. It is the man who wont [sic ] fight himself, who wants his nigger to fight for him, and to take his place in the ranks. "
If what you say is true, David, during the War years, while fighting is still going on, long long before reconstruction, the white CSA soldiers were fighting fully integrated with very brave and loyal black soldiers, and the whites who not only "tolerated the idea" of black soldiers, but stood up with them in the battle lines, allowed THEMSELVES, as white men fighting together with blacks, to be called "skulkers, money lenders, money makers, and blood-suckers", by a civilian editorialist. And they made not a word of protest.
Did the white soldiers of the CSA have no shame at all? This has nothing whatsoever to do with yankees, David. It is a vile outrageous hateful insult to every white soldier in the CSA to tolerate such language directed against them, the white soldier, and then they say not a word to defend their own honor....