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Confederate Heritage Month would begin for me with an invitation from Commander Al Boswell of the Col. Charles F.Fisher Camp 813 at the Living History event in downtown Burlington, N.C.. Michael D. Abernethy, a reporter for the Times-News on Sunday morning, April 3, 2011, would give the following synopsis of my visit : Beneath a large tent on downtown Burlington’s depot lawn Saturday, H.K. Edgerton at first appeared a curious contradiction – a black man, perched on a chair whipping a Confederate flag excitedly around him. Then he opened his mouth, unfurling a passionate speech about his pride in Southern history and the limited government Confederates fought for. The history of black Confederate soldiers has been erased, he said, and Northern propaganda has incorrectly painted abolition as the cause of the Civil War rather than a dispute over economic power.
No more apparent in the planned omission of the black Confederate soldier than the article appearing in the Asheville Citizen Times on April 12, 2011, written by Gary H. Rawlins of USA Today (Black soldiers waged a 2 – front battle). At the start, the Lincoln administration had no use for black soldiers, at the end, it unleashed them as liberators, he would report. Never once did he mention the Black Confederate soldier; never once mentioning that while they were not in the war theater legally , they received the same pay as their Southern white counterpart for their service to the Confederacy, and the Black Union soldiers received half the pay of their White Union counterparts. Sure, many Blacks voluntarily went over to the Union army, but history will never record how many regretted their decision later, while they served as slaves for Union officers or their wives were forced to be prostitutes for Union enlisted men, or how they came South and forced loyal Southern Black men to volunteer for their army at bayonet point, or more commonly to act as laborers so that white Yankees could sit on their backsides, or to find themselves at the front of the battle lines with those same bayonets trained at their backs, or on suicide missions like the Battle of the Crater while the White Yankees looked on, or the terror perpetuated by these supposed liberators as they spread anarchy and hatred through their secret black societies called the Union or Loyal Leagues.
As the Sesquicentennial of the War Between the States moves forward, the media bias from the North has ratcheted up as their distortions of history continue and the attacks on the honor of the Southern peoples who defended their homeland and the Constitutional Republic that died on April 9, 1865 with the signing of a cessation of fighting by the Honorable Robert E. Lee at Appomattox Courthouse; an action that he would later regret as the North began its terror upon the Southern people that continues to this very day.
See part 2 of this report on April 15, 2011.