Black Troops in the Confederacy

NPR unearthed an interesting story on a very rare, newly-inducted United Daughter of the Confederacy.

Mattie Clyburn Rice, 88, spent years searching through archives to prove her father was a black Confederate. As she leafs through a notebook filled with official-looking papers, Rice stops to read a faded photocopy with details of her father’s military service.

“At Hilton Head while under fire of the enemy, he carried his master out of the field of fire on his shoulder, that he performed personal service for Robert E. Lee. That was his pension record,” Rice says.

http://www.npr.org/2011/08/07/138587202/after-years-of-research-confederate-daughter-arises

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