Union County to Erect Monument to Black Confederates
MONROE, N.C. (AP) — A commission in a North Carolina county has authorized creation of a monument to 10 black men who served the Confederacy during the Civil War.
The Charlotte Observer reported the Union County Historic Preservation Commission voted Thursday for a plan to put up a privately funded marker honoring the men, nine of whom were slaves.
The granite marker will be placed at the Old County Courthouse in Monroe near the 1910 Confederate monument.
Historians say there's no way to know how many slaves were coerced into service or willingly followed their masters to war. Slaves often provided labor for the Confederate army.
The 10 men all received small pensions from the state of North Carolina for their service. They were listed as "body servants" or bodyguards. Two were wounded.
Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com