Confederate president Jefferson Davis authorizes the use of Black soldiers. Many southerners opposed it. The war ended before any Blacks faced combat.
1865 (Mar 13)
Confederate president Jefferson Davis signed a bill authorizing the employment of Blacks as soldiers in the confederate army. The law culminated a long period of dispute in the south over the use of Blacks as soldiers. While southerners willingly used Blacks for fatigue duties and personal service, the idea of Black combat soldiers was generally repugnant to them. It seemed to invite slave violence and make a mockery of the concept of Black inferiority. The war ended before any Blacks faced combat.