Remember that the average company size during the greater part of the war was thirty or less. Not many cooks needed, rations are short, and cooks have to eat, too. Plus, if you have read dairies and journals by Confederate veterans, nearly all of them mention doing their own cooking.
A lot of wishful thinking is taking place here that doesn't square with actual accounts written by Confederate veterans. Wouldn't you think they would remember the presence of all those negroes? If they were all over the place as people insist, wouldn't our ancestors have passed down stories about Black Confederate comrades?
When was the last time anyone on this board bothered to mention an account by a Confederate veteran about Black Confederates in battle? We have had at least one post that fits by someone who doesn't post often. It was a good post, too, and it doesn't seem that it caught anyone's attention.
Why is it that we get to this topic and suddenly decide that white Southerners who actually served in the Civil War have nothing interesting to say?
Can you explain what's been happening here?