I recently came across a piece at CNN.com by Museum of the Confederacy President & CEO, Waite Rawls, III. He asks some interesting questions in his piece:
"What about the slaves themselves? Why did many take advantage of the first opportunity to escape to freedom while others remained 'loyal' to the South? And what about the 400,000 African-Americans in the South who were free long before Abraham Lincoln came on the scene?"
And . . .
"What about the thousands of immigrants who 'escaped' the wars of Europe yet enlisted in both armies to demonstrate their loyalty to their new country? At the opposite end of the spectrum, what about the Native Americans who had been here long before any Europeans, yet allied with the Confederacy? The last Confederate brigade to surrender was composed entirely of Native Americans and commanded by Brigadier General Stand Watie, a full-blooded Cherokee."
You can read the rest of the piece here.