Confederate pomp amid burial of slave's daughter

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Posted: Oct 17, 2014 4:03 PM

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A funeral is planned in North Carolina for the daughter of a slave who had a complicated relationship with the Confederacy.

The Saturday service for 91-year-old Mattie Clyburn Rice is being arranged by a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. A color guard of Confederate re-enactors will attend the service as will members of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, to which Rice belonged.

Rice's father, Weary Clyburn of Lancaster County, South Carolina, went to the Civil War with his master, saved the man's life and drew a pension for his wartime service. Yet pension records also show he was not considered a Confederate soldier.

Historians say the idea of a "black Confederate" soldier is a myth, yet Clyburn's story illustrates the tangled threads of Confederate history.