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While neither the Virginia state resolutions of March 4 and 6 nor the corresponding Confederate Congress "Act to increase the military force of the Confederate States" had provided for the emancipation of slave soldiers, the Confederate Army general order implementing the measures did. Although General Order No. 14 referred specifically only to the national act, it clearly affected the Virginia resolutions as well. The order specified that "no slave will be accepted as a recruit unless with his own consent and with the approbation of his master by a written instrument conferring, as far as he may, the rights of a freedman." Emancipation of those slaves who enlisted to fight in defense of their country was thus quietly accomplished by the military arm of the Confederacy
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But that was only Virginia, correct? Georgia's Constitution & several of the other ones specifically said that could not be done. As the Confederate Congress Act specified, it was up to the individual states.
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An obvious factor in the overlooking of Cleburne for command was that he didn't graduate from West Point.

Few non-graduates got major commands. Think about it. How many got to Corps command? On either side?
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An obvious factor in the overlooking of Cleburne for command was that he didn't graduate from West Point.

Few non-graduates got major commands. Think about it. How many got to Corps command? On either side?
Cheatham was also a non-West Pointer, but as I mentioned before he had seniority over Cleburne.
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An obvious factor in the overlooking of Cleburne for command was that he didn't graduate from West Point.

Few non-graduates got major commands. Think about it. How many got to Corps command? On either side?
Lots of them. The Union even placed some of them in command of armies. Banks, Butler, Logan, McClernand, Crittenden, and many others were appointed to command of corps and armies.
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But that was only Virginia, correct? Georgia's Constitution & several of the other ones specifically said that could not be done. As the Confederate Congress Act specified, it was up to the individual states.
That's a good question. I haven't seen any acts by the other individual states. I know that Louisiana' s governor was in favor of it, while Brown of Georgia was not but how their Legislatures acted I am unaware. Robert E. Lee insisted that it be left up to individual states when he endorsed the idea. States Rights forever, right? However, Lee, Davis, and Benjamin all also insisted that if they were going to arm the slaves, it was imperative that they be granted freedom. This was just plain common sense. I think that is why Cooper issued the order the way he did. If I'm not mistaken that order went out to all the Confederate armies, but I can't be sure.
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Lots of them. The Union even placed some of them in command of armies. Banks, Butler, Logan, McClernand, Crittenden, and many others were appointed to command of corps and armies.
Daniel Sickles also.
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Interesting artwork in the article. I visited the house where the proposal was signed about 3 years ago. Glad they put up a marker because it was hard to find.
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