Wake Up! Here Are 8 Facts About The Civil War You Probably Didn’t Know

By Chuck Yarling

Fact #1

It’s true that many slave traders who brought blacks from Africa to America were…also black. See African participation in the slave trade

Fact #2

African-Americans fought on both sides during the war. Indeed, history shows 179,000 African-American soldiers had fought for the Union Army out of a total of 2,778,304. The most famous group was the 4th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry led by Colonel Robert Gould Shaw. This unit was one of the first African American regiments to see combat for the Union. This story was well depicted in the 1989 film Glory.

Believe It Or Not, The Civil War Didn’t Start Because Of Slavery

Fact #3

Most Southern white families did not own slaves. Actually, only about 384,000 out of 1.6 million (about 25%) did. Of those who did own slaves, most (88%) owned fewer than 20 slaves and were considered farmers rather than planters. Slaves were concentrated on the large plantations of about 10,000 big planters, on which 50 to 100 or more slaves worked. About 3,000 of these planters owned more than 100 slaves, but only 14 of them owned over 1,000 slaves.

Fact #4

Fact #5

The Confederacy actually passed a law on March 13, 1865, that gave slaves their freedom if they fought for them. The caveat was that their masters had to approve of their actions. However, since it was so close to the end of the war, it was thought that fewer than 50 actually served out of a total of 2.75 million soldiers in the Confederate Army.

OK, Now What About Those Confederate Statues?

Fact #6

After the war, men from the north, called carpetbaggers, moved to the south. Whereas some were looking to gain wealth by looting and plundering, many were more generally supported by ideas of “democratizing and modernizing the South.”

But, heads-up! Here is the most stunning thing:

“Sixty men from the North, including educated freeblacks and slaves who had escaped to the North and returned South after the war, were elected as Republicans to Congress.”

Fact #7

President Ulysses S. Grant (a Republican) signed the Civil Rights Act of 1875, which prohibited racial discrimination and guaranteeing:

“All persons … shall be entitled to the full and equal enjoyment of accommodations, advantages, facilities, and privileges of inns, public conveyances on land or water, theaters, and other places of public amusement.”

That Act was overturned as it was ruled unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1883.

Fact #8

And lastly, you probably didn’t know that General Robert E. Lee was unable to pay his taxes on his property during the Civil War. Hence, the federal government confiscated it and began burying dead Union soldiers on the grounds. This fact begs two questions that must be asked:

Question#1: Do the liberal fascists want to destroy Lee’s property like all of the other Civil War memorability still standing across our great country?

Question#2: Are you aware of this property? Probably not. It’s now known as Arlington National Cemetery.

So keep your hands off of this national monument or there will be hell to pay.

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Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at cby@prismnet.com.