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American Civil War Folklore or Legend, an unadulterated truth about Confederate Musicians [Sesquicentennial MMXI. Part vi.]

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

by Ann DeWitt

“Victory is won not in miles but in inches.
Win a little now, hold your ground,
and later, win a little more.”
~Louis L’Amour, an American Writer


In Hebrew, the name Isaiah means “The Lord is generous.” During the American Civil War, Isaiah, an African-American, was enlisted as a musician with the 1st Georgia Regiment Volunteers.  So, what makes Isaiah’s name so appropriate?

On April 15, 1862 Chapter XXIX of the Public Laws of the Confederate States of America declared “that whenever colored persons are employed as musicians in any Regiment or Company, they shall be entitled to the same pay now allowed by law to musicians regularly enlisted” Provided, That no such persons shall be so employed except by the consent of the commanding officer of the Brigade to which said Regiments or Companies may belong.”

For this reason, General Toombs authorized Isaiah to be paid the exact same pay as other musicians.  April 15, 1862 was a monumental day in American History.  Also, note on Isaiah’s muster roll form that he was indeed paid.



Isaiah, Confederate States Army Musician of the 1st Georiga Infantry (Source: NARA 586957, M266)

Isaiah, Confederate States Army Musician of the 1st Georiga Infantry (Source: NARA 586957, M266)



For more information about African Americans who served with the Confederate States Army, visit www.blackconfederatesoldiers.com.

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Peel Back the Sticker and Reveal the Names of Black ConfederatesPeel back the sticker and reveal the names of African-American men who served in various capacities with the Confederate States Army (Black Confederates) during the American Civil War.

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