The Georgia SCV is at it again, spewing forth a pack of lies disguised as history. They want to try to convince us that tens of thousands of African Americans willingly served and whole-heartedly supported the confederate cause.
The first lie we see is about Horace King. King was a real African American who lived at the time, and was really a bridge builder and architect. King was born into slavery and eventually was able to buy his freedom. He was a free man when the Civil War came, and he was also a confirmed Unionist. The confederacy conscripted him to build bridges against his will. After the war he was a Republican and entered politics as a Republican. The SCV would like us to believe he willingly and enthusiastically supported the confederacy. He didn’t.
Next we see Amos Rucker brought up. Interestingly, the picture they claim is Rucker is actually a picture of Jefferson Shields, a cook and slave who belonged to Colonel James K. Edmondson of the 27th Virginia. Amos Rucker was not a soldier. He was a slave. The SCV wants us to think he was a soldier.
Bill Yopp is the next African American appropriated to be used as a prop for the confederacy. They claim Bill Yopp and Thomas Yopp were friends. Thomas Yopp owned Bill Yopp. Bill Yopp was not a soldier. He was a slave.
The next group is a list of people the video claims were musicians. While soldiers could be used as musicians, musicians were not automatically soldiers.
We next see a list of names of people who were supposed to be nurses: Joe Fox, Nelson Jones, Eliza Morgan, and Ellen Morris. Putting aside the question of the accuracy of this list, a woman was not allowed to be a soldier, and these people, if they were used as nurses, were not soldiers. We don’t know if they willingly supported the confederate cause or were enslaved people who were ordered to do this job.
They use Steve Eberhart, aka “Steve Perry” as one of their props. This is funny–in more ways than one. Eberhart was a clown. See here, here, here, and here. Eberhart, a slave, was described as a “mascot” during the war, not as a soldier. But when neoconfederates want to use him as a prop, he becomes a soldier overnight, decades after his death.
The last two names are Eli Pickett and Ned Green. Green was apparently a musician and Pickett was apparently a slave who received a pension. That was most probably a servant’s pension. See here.
As usual, the SCV cannot be taken seriously as a source of historical information.