Black Confederate Soldiers, Virginia, 1863

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This record was last updated on 10 Feb 2017

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Harper's Weekly, January 10, 1863, vol. 7 (front page).

Caption, "Rebel Negro Pickets as seen through a field glass." These two men were soldiers in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The author of the accompanying article discusses the debate between Southern slave owners and Northerners as to the involvement of slaves in the civil war. Some Northerners questioned the practice, while many slave owners found "Negroes" to be quite useful.