My colleague Bill Turnier reminded me that today there is a new monument to African Americans who served the Confederate cause coming to Monroe, North Carolina (in Union County). WUNC, the local NPR station, ran a short story on this this morning -- apparently the monument will list the names of 10 African American youths, nine of whom were slaves, who served the Confederate army. According to the story this is the first monument to African Americans in Union County. I'm sorry that I couldn't attend this -- just too much work to be done here to get away for it.
Though NPR spun this as honoring African Americans, I think this has a lot more to do with neo-Confederate history about loyal slaves who fought for (or in this case worked as servants to) the Confederacy. Thus, I'd classify this more as a modern day faithful slave monument than as a monument to the achievements of African Americans.
One other thing: the story I linked to above from the Charlotte Observer mentions that many years later those people received small state pensions as Civil War veterans. I've been meaning to look systematically at the southern state pensions to African Americans. The last time I started investigating this, I focused on South Carolina -- and as I recall the state started giving pensions to African American "veterans" substantially later than it gave them to white veterans.
I guess I need to add this to the list of war monuments that classify Americans based on race.
The image is of the North Carolina monument at Appomattox.
Update: Here is the Charlotte Observer story about the dedication ceremony. As I predicted, the slaves are being used to promote Confederate heritgage. But what I found of particular interest is that one of the people there is the daughter -- yes, daughter, not remote descendant -- of one of the slaves. She was born in the 1920s, when her father was elderly.