There are claims that thousands of African-Americans fought for the Confederacy. However, the interesting fact is there is no evidence to support this claim. There is nothing in historical records that can actually put African-Americans in the Confederacy. Almost a month ago, Anthony Hervey was killed while driving home on Mississippi’s Highway 6 after attending a rally in Birmingham, Alabama. The rally was to protest the city council’s decision to remove a Confederate monument in Linn Park. A little fact you should know about Anthony Hervey is he was African-American.
Another passenger who was traveling with Hervey, but survived the crash reported they were being pursued by another vehicle with four or five black men in it. The accident is still under investigation. However, given the recent decisions from the local and state agencies to remove the Confederate flags and monuments it should come as no great surprise why the crash took place.
Hervey belonged to a very small group of who identify closely with a narrative of the Civil War that celebrates the Confederacy. These so-called “Black #Confederates” have been embraced by heritage organizations such as the Sons of Confederate Veterans and United Daughters of the Confederacy. Since the A.M.E shootings the group has been front and center to convince the general public that free and enslaved blacks fought as soldiers in the Confederate army.
Hervey, was a resident of Oxford, Mississippi, and was no stranger to the many debates surrounding the display of the iconic statues or #Confederate flag. In 2000 he led protests to keep the Confederate flag flying atop the statehouse in Columbia, South Carolina and closer to home, challenged the University of Mississippi’s attempt to replace its mascot, “Colonel Reb” and ban the singing of “Dixie” during football games. Hervey was often seen wearing a Confederate uniform and carrying a large flag in front of Oxford’s soldier statue. Before Hervey died he did voice that he didn’t like Black or White people, but he loved the hell out of Southerners.
There are so many people who have different views on why the flag should be removed or why the flag should not be remove. The truth be told that hate and racism goes beyond whether a flag is flying or a statue is standing tall. Hate and racism comes from a place deep within, a place that is hard for anyone to explain, or put into words. Actually, there are no words that can explain having hate toward another group because of the color of their skin.
Although, the SCV argues that there were African-Americans who fought in the Confederacy, it is almost impossible to believe that such a thing ever took place. According to the Daily Beast, “The proliferation of these stories and the zeal for the black Confederate soldier expressed by many would be alien to their Confederate ancestors, who lived under a constitution strongly devoted to protecting if not extending slavery. It was not until March 1865—after a contentious debate that took place throughout the Confederacy—that the Confederate Congress passed legislation authorizing the enlistment of slaves who were first freed by their masters. Even those who finally came to support the legislation as the only alternative to defeat would have agreed with Howell Cobb: “If slaves will make good soldiers our whole theory of slavery is wrong.” Other than a small number that briefly trained in Richmond, Virginia, no black men served openly and there is no evidence that the Richmond recruits saw the battlefield in the final weeks of the war.” Read more.