Union County will honor slaves who served Confederate Army

Dec. 08, 2012 @ 04:58 PM

MONROE — Union County is preparing to honor 10 black men, nine of whom were slaves, who served in the Confederate Army and much later received small state pensions.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/YQb6sq ) that a marker commemorating their service will be dedicated Saturday at the Old County Courthouse off North Main Street. The event will include Civil War re-enactors and descendants of some of the men.

Union County commissioners have proclaimed the day as "Confederate Pensioners of Color Day." An amateur historian and Sons of Confederate Veterans member led the drive to recognize the men.

Earl Ijames with the N.C. Museum of History and N.C. Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco are scheduled to speak at the dedication.