Confederate Emancipation: Southern Plans to Free and Arm Slaves during the Civil War

Submitted by FHMaster on Mon, 01/09/2017 - 14:44

"In early 1864, as the Confederate Army of Tennessee licked its wounds after being routed at the Battle of Chattanooga, Major-General Patrick Cleburne (the "Stonewall of the West") proposed that "the most courageous of our slaves" be trained as soldiers and that "every slave in the South who shall remain true to the Confederacy in this war" be freed.