Update: H/T to Border Ruffian for running down some information on Carey, the slave in question. See his comments below.
Overwhelmingly agitated by my previous post about Black Confederates, George Purvis has gone on the offensive. Georgy contends that my previous post is a display of “bigotry, hate and ignorance.” Specifically he says,
I guess Baker thinks he is a real comedian poking fun at the Negro men and women who served the Confederacy. Typical of Baker, he passed up a perfect opportunity for his students and himself to learn something about these overlooked folks who served the their country. The fact they may have been owned, regardless of the position they held, or where or when they served has no bearing on the issue. The bullets were real, the diseases where real and death was just as real to them as any man of any race who served either side.
First off, I’m not poking fun at “Negro” men and women who “served” the Confederacy…or were forced to serve the Confederacy rather. I was poking fun at people like George which is what really ruffled his feathers, but more on that later. Second, any reasonable reader can see from the previous post that I revealed nothing about the lesson my students participated in. So George really does not have any idea what opportunities I seized or missed. Thirdly, the aspect of ownership in slavery does have a bearing on the issue of service to the army. To say otherwise is simply asinine. There is a huge difference between men that volunteered, or were drafted, and men forced to be there because they were property. Yes, the war was real to them and yes death was real to slaves in the ranks, but their concept of service and soldiering are vastly different from the average white soldier. Finally, George finished his post with what he considers to be his coup de grâce.
Much of what is presented as “evidence” of black Confederate soldiers is dubious at best. Below is a card that George Purvis uses as definitive proof of a back Confederate soldier. With his usual challenge, “prove me wrong,” George contends that this blows every argument out of the water because it needs no interpretation. Well, I’m not going to prove anything. He fails to realize that it is his job to validate his own argument, not mine. For kicks though, I would like to ask readers to point out what, from this information card, actually indicates that this person is a soldier. And George, because I know you’ll read this, I’ll allow you to comment on this post to prove your claims….if you dare.