This report from BayView tells more about it…
As historian David Blight recounts in his masterful book, “Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memory” (2001), Charleston was occupied by Union troops in the spring of 1865, most white residents having fled the city. In this atmosphere, the free Black population of Charleston, primarily consisting of former slaves, engaged in a series of celebrations to proclaim the meaning of the war as they saw it.
That’s right. Those who fought can’t even say they defended our freedom. They fought to give this guy oil profits.
Well, I guess we can’t say they don’t have one anymore.
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