Speaking of the black men recently commemorated in Charlotte, NC for their service to the Confederate Army, Kevin Levin throws a tantrum on his Civil War Memory blog. The WBTV news report, he says, begins with this: “Ten black military soldiers finally got the honor they deserve 150 years later.” He responds: Not one of these men served as a soldier.
He italicized it. For emphasis, in case somebody might miss it...
I would say that depends on what you mean by soldier. They weren't officially mustered into the Confederate Army, but that isn't the only definition of "soldier."
sol·dierSounds like these men could have been soldiers by more than one of these definitions.
[sohl-jer] Show IPA
1. a person who serves in an army; a person engaged in military service.
2. an enlisted man or woman, as distinguished from a commissioned officer:
3. a person of military skill or experience:
4. a person who contends or serves in any cause: