In this exclusive clip from the 1930s, Confederate veterans step up to the mic and let out their version of the rebel yell. Consider this a belated Veteran’s Day post:
“Sadly, in the eyes of the press, not all Civil War veterans were equal. No black volunteers served with the Confederacy, while African Americans contributed some 160,000 volunteers to the Union war effort. Yet they are almost never even acknowledged, much less seen or heard in the library’s films and recordings.
. . . After Reconstruction, the role of African-American soldiers was largely airbrushed out of the war’s narrative in the name of national reconciliation.”
Jewish historians like Kevin Levin are dredging up these black Union soldiers for their own purposes. BRA came to be remembered as a horrible mistake in the Northern states. The Yankees themselves later admitted the South was right.