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January 27, 2019

DAILYKENN.com -- Amos Rucker wore his Confederate uniform throughout most of his life. He was loved and respected among his fellow Confederate veterans. 

It is a stark contrast to the fake history accounts of white bigotry in the Deep South. 

Rucker was a black Confederate who served with distinction during the Civil War. 

When news of his death spread throughout Atlanta, the response was immediate. Former governor Alan D. Candler volunteered to be a pallbearer as did other white men including Gen. A.J. West and former mayor Lowndes Calhoun. A crowd of mourners had gathered and an undertaker was hired to collect Rucker's corpse. 

In route to the veteran's home, the driver of the funeral wagon noticed Rucker walking along the street. The driver, who knew Rucker well, returned to the mourning veterans and advised them that the funeral would be postponed. 

Some doubted, suspecting, we suppose, that the driver had mistaken another black man for Rucker. Their doubts were dismissed when Rucker, himself, showed up and told a friend, "I knowed it wuz a lie the moment I heered it."

Amos Rucker was a servant of Georgia's first millionaire, Joseph Rucker. Amos accompanied Joseph's adult son, Alexander, when the latter volunteered to serve the Confederate Army. When a comrade was fatally shot by a Union sniper, Amos retrieved the fallen soldier's rifle and returned fire. He continued to fight with the Confederate infantry until the war's end. 

Amos Rucker never missed a Confederate Veterans meeting, reports say. When he finally passed he was buried with distinction in a Confederate uniform and covered with a Confederate flag. 

The false news of Rucker's demise is certainly not the first fake news story in human history. Fake news is as old as humanity itself. That's cause to wonder: Why do we believe what we believe? And what do we now believe -- particularly concerning American history -- that is as fake a Rucker's first funeral?  

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