Sunday, January 13, 2008

No Black Confederate soldiers per the United Confederate Veterans

One of the enabling factors in fraudulent history is that historians write what happened and don't write about what didn't happened.

For example in reading a history about the Battle of Gettysburg we are unlikely to read the following sentence.

"There were no tornadoes during Pickett's charge or any other phase of the battle. Nor were there any meteor showers striking the ground or soldiers. Neither were there any geysers or volcanic eruptions or earthquakes. There were no battalions of the Thai royal army, Russian Imperial army, Chinese Imperial army, Prussian or contingents of Inuits, Tahitians, Burmese. The Dali Lama wasn't an observer, as well as 3,421 names which we have in an appendix at the end of the book. "

History is long enough with describing what happened and would be impossible if describing what didn't happen was also required.

However, once in a while you do get lucky and someone will go on at great length at what didn't happen when they want to make a point.

The following are extracts from the Minutes of the Sixteenth Annual Convention of the United Daughters of the Confederacy held in Houston, Texas, October 19-22, 1909, pages 6-8, speech by Colonel Phillip H. Fall, Commander of Dick Dowling Camp, United Confederate Veterans, to the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Hessians technically would be inhabitants of Hesse, a principality of the Holy Roman Empire before being consolidated into Germany. During the American Revolution, the British employed Hessian soldiers. So in this speech Colonel Fall is complaining about immigrants from Europe who enlisted in the American army during the Civil War.

"... Had you not thrown down the gauntlet and assumed the offensive for the old soldiers of the Confederacy, their names would have gone down in a partisan Northern history as rebels and traitors; who tried to disrupt what they call the greatest and best government on earth, when in fact, they in arbitrary, puritanical spirit, brought about the disruption, causing a war such as the world has never known, hiring nearly a million Hessians and nearly two hundred thousand Africans, to slaughter their brethren of the South. Nothing but a civil war could have ever satisfied the John Brown stripe of abolitionists, especially after their leader John Brown was hung. ..."

"... There were no hired Hessians or negroes in the Southern army. All fought for a principle they knew to be right and thousands upon thousands gave up their lives in defense of truth."

Besides the fact that Colonel Fall is bragging that there were no Africans in the Confederate army, there is another assertion, that immigrants and African Americans didn't fight for principle in the American army.

So it is a denial of the existence of Afro-Confederate soldiers and a racist assertion concerning African Americans. Did Colonel Fall miss seeing the Afro-Confederate soldiers that supposedly made up 10 to 30% of the Confederate army (Has a higher percentage been put out by the neo-Confederates?). I don't think so. However, the usefulness of the myth of the Afro-Confederate soldier is so great, I am sure some rationalization will be made to dispense with this part of the historical record.

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