African American Contributions During the Civil War

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General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate Army of Northern Virginia, was very aware, and in May 1863 he said, "The chief source of information to the enemy is through our Negroes" Said Lee. Because of the culture of slavery in the Southern States, Negroes involved in general activities could easily move about without causing any suspicion...
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Furthermore, officials and officers tended to ignore their presence as personal servants when discussing war-related matters. After the war the intelligence contributions of African Americans was lost. While racial prejudice possibly played a large part in this, as it did regarding the military contributions of African American Union military units, several other factors also added to this lack of recognition...
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