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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Jun 2018 2:04 p.m. PST

"Charles Chon, a Chinese National, was a private in Company K, 24th Texas Dismounted Cavalry Regiment, C.S.A. He was killed at the Battle of Franklin, TN, on Nov. 30, 1864, and is buried on the battlefield at the McGavock Confederate Cemetery. Another Asian-Confederate was William Henry Kwan of Co. B, 15th (or 12th) Virginia Battalion of Light Artillery. Kwan is a Cantonese (Chinese) name. The Military Image magazine showed his picture in their 1993 issue, where he appears to be of mixed Asian and Caucasian parentage. Another verified Asian Confederate is John Fouenty, a native of China, who was a cigar-maker in Savannah, GA, when the war broke out. He served in the Confederate army for a year, then was released because he was under age. Private Fouenty later returned to his native China. Research by Chinese-American researcher Shaie Mei Deng Temple of New Orleans, LA, reveals at least eighteen Asian-Confederates in various LA units, with names like Chou, Coo, Ding, Fai, Foo, Gong, Hai, Ho, Joung, Lin, Lee, Lou, Pang, Poo, Ting, and Wong…."
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jdginaz01 Jun 2018 4:40 p.m. PST

I don't understand why they wouldn't have, they've never seem to have had a problem with the idea of slavery

Personal logo Ironwolf Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member02 Jun 2018 1:59 a.m. PST

I did not know this, but like jdginaz posted I'm not surprised either.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Jun 2018 10:02 a.m. PST

Well… seems that they fought from both sides….


Dn Jackson02 Jun 2018 5:46 p.m. PST

Perhaps because they felt they were defending their country? Like most Southerners felt.

Charlie 12 Inactive Member03 Jun 2018 2:04 p.m. PST

Nothing unusual about immigrants fighting for their new home, north or south. Consider the very large numbers of Irish immigrants on both sides of the war, to name just one group.

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