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In a variety of ways ranging from the popular movie Glory to a planned memorial in Washington DC African-American soldiers who fought for the Union during the Civil War have begun to receive the praise and recognition they have long deserved But there were other African-Americans who fought in the Civil War who have been largely forgotten -- those who fought on the side of the ConfederacyThroughout the entire war the slaves worked as noncombatant soldiers Working as cooks launders medics and carriers the African-Americans were involved in the war that was meant to make them slaves Geary 68-69 In addition to serving as laborers African-Americans fought for the South even in the beginning of the war filling in companies and regiments all through the country Pohanka 74-77 Although they were not formally recognized as were the whites Newspapers at the time report African-American units serving with southern militia at Charleston South Carolina Mobile Alabama Nashville Tennessee New Orleans Louisiana Bowling Green Kentucky and Lynchburg Virginia Coulter 106While most slaves longed for the freedom the North promised those who fought for the South preferred the familiarity of their homes to the strange new and sometimes hostile and racist world of the North Jordan 86-87 Also the opportunity for the slaves to fight meant getting away from the hardships that they were enforced to endure every day on the plantations Many slaves had grown accustom to their surroundings in the South and had no education or training to perform any other task but what they had been bought to perform Due to the offer of freedom by the Confederate leaders some of the Southern slaves looked forward to the chance of fighting in the war Lyman 325-327 Nevertheless despite all these reasons for the Southern slaves to fight for the Confederacy they do not prove that the slaves believed in the cause of the South In fact many of the Southern slaves were anti-Confederacy and some
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