Rob Bakers argument is the job some of these negroes performed kept them from being a soldier. Let’s look at a couple of cards of white soldiers. Note the jobs they did.
I have viewed cards in my research of Mississippi’s “High Pressure Brigade” of whites who served in jobs as required. These jobs may be cook, teamster, nurse, as noted above blacksmith. Regardless if a Negro, slave or free, if he did the job, he deserves the title of soldier as defined