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No, this is Not a Monument to “Black Confederate Regiments”

Posted in African Americans, Memory by Andy Hall on July 29, 2013



Can’t make this up:


With the push to purge this country of Confederate Memorials, I must wonder if those politically correct thugs would dare tear this monument down? It commemorates the bravery and courage of the Black Confederate Regiments in Mississippi that dared to do their solemn duty to their country and defend Vicksburg from the foreign invaders from the North! My hat’s off to those who fought and gave their lives in defense of our Country!


This monument stands in Vicksburg National Military Park. It was dedicated in 2004 to two Union regiments, the 1st and 3rd Mississippi Infantry (African Descent), that were later reorganized as the 51st and 53rd U.S. Colored Infantry, respectively.



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  1. Rob Baker said, on July 29, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    HA HA!!!

  2. Rob Baker said, on July 29, 2013 at 6:32 pm

    You have to love the follow up comments that blindly accept it.

  3. Pat Young said, on July 29, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    The NPS even has a brochure explaining the monument as blacks turning away from slavery by supporting the Union army:

    • Andy Hall said, on July 29, 2013 at 10:41 pm

      Yep. But you have to use the Google machine to find that. 😉

  4. Kava said, on July 31, 2013 at 5:22 am


  5. Pat Young said, on July 31, 2013 at 11:17 am

    The discussion on that thread is interesting since one member pointed out that those are USCT. A claim is made on the thread that the NPS explains it as a monument to all blacks who fought, regardless of which side.

    • Andy Hall said, on July 31, 2013 at 11:24 am

      I saw that, but the correction was made after I put up this post. When I posted this, it had a series of generally-approving comments, trending off toward the Memphis parks renaming business, but nothing questioning whether it was, in fact, a Confederate monument.

      I’m glad someone’s willing to correct the original posting, but I do wonder if folks there feel any obligation to their fellow SHPG members to make reasonable effort to post correct information in the first place. (With something like this, it’s not that hard. Nor is it a matter of opinion or interpretation.) After all, that’s a forum that insists it’s dedicated to the “TRUTH” — not just “truth,” but “TRUTH” in all caps.

      Or am I working with a different definition of “TRUTH”?

      • Rob Baker said, on July 31, 2013 at 11:54 am

        I can answer that. Gary Adams and I were Facebook chatting, and I pointed it out. This did, in fact, come after you made this post Andy. Personally, I have never seen that monument.

        • Andy Hall said, on July 31, 2013 at 11:56 am

          Thanks. I haven’t been to Vicksburg since it was put up.

          • Pat Young said, on July 31, 2013 at 3:02 pm

            Sorry Andy,in my own comment I thought I had noted that the correction on the heritage site was put up after your post.

            • Andy Hall said, on July 31, 2013 at 3:29 pm

              No, I understood that. Not a problem. As I say, I’m glad they sorted it out. . . eventually.

  6. mike klinger said, on July 31, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    wow! How do you get something that wrong. But on another note there is one confed. monument I would like to see tore down. That is the monument to Wirz across from the Andersonville national park and just down from the cemetery where his victims lay

  7. Michael Dioguardi said, on August 24, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    On the other hand, here is a monument dedicated to a black Confederate

    • Andy Hall said, on August 24, 2017 at 8:33 pm

      Personal servant, not a soldier, regardless of what the web page title reads.

  8. Michael Dioguardi said, on August 24, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Likewise, “The first military monument in the US Capitol that honors an African-American soldier is the Confederate monument at Arlington National cemetery. The monument was designed 1914 by Moses Ezekiel, a Jewish Confederate, who wanted to correctly portray the “racial makeup” in the Confederate Army. A black Confederate soldier is depicted marching in step with white Confederate soldiers.” Source: Edward Smith, African American professor at the American University, Washington DC.

    • Andy Hall said, on August 24, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Professor Smith should look up the description of the monument published by the UDC at the time of the dedication, and written by the chairman of the monument committee. The man depicted was a body servant, not a soldier.

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