Blacks fought for Confederacy, too

Letter to the Editor

Monday, April 13, 2009

I am a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans here in Augusta, Brig. Gen. E. Porter Alexander Camp 158. This is the month that we honor our ancestors and all men, women and children who fought and died for the South — black, red and white, Jews and Gentiles.

What you never seem to hear about is the fact that black men fought for the South. Is that out of political correctness, or is it that people don’t want to offend anyone? These men fought and died for the South like all the rest.

Many of these men received a pension from the Confederate States of America after the war. Many received medals for their service. We have black members and have done many memorial services for black Confederates and their families. They were honored, and we were honored in doing it.

When telling our history, we need to tell all of it, and the truth of it.

Stan Scritchfield

Augusta