I'm just presenting this as a historical peculiarity - nobody needs to get their panties in a twist. Thousands of blacks served in the confederate army, technically as soldiers. They were assigned such jobs as teamsters and building fortifications, but weren't armed. Early in the war, some southerners saw that the confederacy might be overwhelmed by the north's huge manpower advantage, and suggested that they would have to enlist some of the slaves, promising freedom as a reward. This was shouted down early in the war. However, in early 1865, none other than jefferson davis saw it as a necessity, and Robert E. Lee concurred. Davis submitted a bill for that to the confederate congress. It was passed by the lower house, but defeated by one vote in the senate. Both virginia senators voted no. Ironically, a couple months later, virginia was the only southern state to bring blacks under arms: they created two all black confederate regiments. But the war ended a short time later, and the regiments never saw combat.