Black Confederate Soldiers Facts

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First Louisiana Native Guard

Introduction - Black Confederate Soldiers

It is a well-known fact that the Union Army allowed black men to enlist in their army and these brave soldiers helped win the war; several of them winning the U.S. Medal of Honor. Their famous deeds like the storming of Fort Wagner by the 54th Massachusetts Regiment are well known; however it is a little known fact that there were actually black Civil War Confederate soldiers. Why would black soldiers fight for the Confederates, a side which fought to keep the institution of slavery? Why did the Confederates allow black men, who they considered inferior, to enlist in their army? The answers to these questions along with other interesting facts are included in the list below. This information is written for both kids and adults.

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Interesting Black Confederate Soldiers Facts