Al Mackey is now using Prof. Ayers broadcast at http://backstoryradio.org/shows/coming-home-3/?segments=sons-of-confederate-veterans as proof positive that there were no black Confederate soldiers. he also says it is a lie that Confederate veterans are not the same as US veterans. Of course true to Mackey fashion he offers nor facts to support his lies.
Perhaps Mackey or Ayers would like to debate me with a few facts??? Let’s start with these—
Pres. William McKinley—
“…every soldier’s grave made during our unfortunate civil war [sic] is a tribute to American valor… And the time has now come… when in the spirit of fraternity we should share in the care of the graves of the Confederate soldiers…The cordial feeling now happily existing between the North and South prompts this gracious act and if it needed further justification it is found in the gallant loyalty to the Union and the flag so conspicuously shown in the year just passed by the sons and grandsons of those heroic dead.”
U.S. Public Law 85-425: Sec. 410 Approved 23 May 1958
Confederate Iron Cross
(US Statutes at Large Volume 72, Part 1, Page 133-134)
The Administrator shall pay to each person who served in the military or naval forces of the Confederate States of America during the Civil War a monthly pension in the same amounts and subject to the same conditions as would have been applicable to such person under the laws in effect on December 31, 1957, if his service in such forces had been service in the military or naval forces of the United States
You can read all of the acts of congress here that were passed as a result of this speech.