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Black Southerners in Confederate Armies [Paperback]

By J. H. Segars (Editor) & Charles K. Barrow (Editor)
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Pages   222
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 6" Height: 8.75"
Weight:   0.75 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2007
Publisher   Pelican Publishing Company
ISBN  1589804554  
EAN  9781589804555  

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Little has been written about the military role of African Americans in military campaigns of the United States despite the fact that men and women of color were involved in all national conflicts beginning with the Revolutionary War. Indeed, the thought of black men and women serving the Confederacy during the Civil War is difficult for some to believe because it appears to be a paradox. Yet the surviving narratives, writings of Civil War veterans and their family members, county histories, newspaper articles, personal correspondence, and recorded tributes to black Confederates, offer heartfelt sentiments and historical information that cannot be ignored--and demonstrate that they did serve the Confederacy as soldiers, bodyguards, sailors, construction workers, cooks, and teamsters.

Since his 1995 publication of Forgotten Confederates: An Anthology about Black Southerners, author Charles Kelly Barrow has continued to collect source material for this second volume. Subscribers of Confederate Veteran magazine responded to Barrow's classified ads, and excerpts from other publications such as the Journal of Negro History (Vol. IV, July 1919) and Smithsonian Magazine (March 1979) are included here. One excerpt includes the surprising testimony by black Confederate Eddie Brown Page III for the U.S. District Court that helped determine if the Confederate battle emblem should be removed from the Georgia state flag. After Sergeant Page's testimony, the case was later dismissed.

Full of surprising anecdotes, eloquent statements, tragic testaments, and admirable accounts of those blacks who fought for and with the South, this collection deserves a place on the shelf of anyone interested in the Civil War's lesser known aspects.

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Loved it  Jun 5, 2008
I found serious discrepancis between what I was taught in school and what I was seeing in old 1800s courthouse documents in the South.

This book was very helpful in clarifying that what I was taught in school isn't necessarily the WHOLE (or even half) truth!
Black Southerners in Confederate Armies is a fascinating scrutiny of a historical phenomenon  Apr 14, 2007
Black Southerners in Confederate Armies is a fascinating scrutiny of a historical phenomenon - slave and free African-Americans who served as southern allies, and in some instances as soldiers and sailors, for the Confederate Army in the American Civil War. Though disagreement remains to this day as to the number of Black Southerners who served and whether their military contributions were significant, their seemingly paradoxical stories make for singularly compelling reading. Black Southerners in Confederate Armies draws information from reliable sources ranging from newspaper articles to veterans' accounts to miscellaneous surviving documentation to present its true stories of these unusual African-Americans with a scholarly attention to detail. Some reproductions of historic documents illustrate the pages of this welcome addition to library and personal Civil War history and reference shelves.
Black sympathies in the old South  Oct 29, 2006
Whether Southern Blacks served in the Confederate Army as cooks or front line troops is irrelevant. What is relevant is the intent of their hearts; they supported the Cause of the Confederacy. Blacks can and do believe in State's Rights. Blacks can and do believe that a strong central government is the enemy of freedom and noone wanted freedom more than the slaves, especially the Black slaves in the North. Southern States were buying McCormick Reapers as fast as the North could manufacture them. This book does a great service in shattering Liberal myths about the Lincoln War and in proving that Black people like freedom as well as Whites. After all, why would a Black man want to fight for Mr. Lincoln after all the rude insults and negative remarks he made about Blacks? This book is a positive contribution to Black History. Perhaps the next book will be about Confederate Indians.
Black Confederates  Jan 4, 2006
While the book itself is remarkably free of pro-Southern retoric, the context of the book is not, as can be seen by its reviews, along with those for other similar books.
The existence of black Confederates is taken as a proof that the objectives of Secession and the Confederacy were somehow validated.
The point to be made here in opposition was that the OFFICIAL policy of the Confederate States was, initially, that blacks, other than as personal servants of white soldiers, were unwelcome in the Army. When the colored and mixed race militia of Louisiana offered their services to the Governor on secession, they were rejected and then disarmed. The officers, NCOs and soldiers of these militia units became the cadre of the Corps d' Afrique later raised by Butler upon Union recovery of New Orleans. The Confederate government did not OFFICIALLY recruit slaves as combat soldiers until April 1865. This position is well documented, as was the virulent opposition against earlier recommendations, such as that by Patrick Cleburne, one of the South's best division commanders and an Irish immigrant with no stake in the pre-war South's attachment to slavery. The response of Southerners as varied as the Adjutant General of the Confederate Army to the former Governor of Georgia was uniformly adverse to recruiting slaves as combatants. It must be pointed out that the total number of black combat soldiers that can be validated by muster rosters and pension petitions is less than 1,000. Compare this to the over 180,000 black combat soldiers (and the more than 250,000 Southern whites) in the service of the Union, validated by the same types of documents. It should be pointed out that during the Civil War, Grant captured three Confederate armies. All three were processed, the first as prisoners of war, the other two being. In the official records, nor in any published memoir, regimental history or other document related to the processing of these armies is there any reference to the capture and processing of black Confederate soldiers. Either they didn't exist or they refused to come forward, for whatever reason, to identify themselves as such. The only blacks mentioned are bandsmen, cooks, teamasters and servants.
Certainly blacks served as muscisians, litter bearers, cooks and teamsters. Yet, it is debateble as to how many were there voluntarily, as was the use of free and slave blacks as engineers on defensive works or in the wartime industries, both government and privately owned in the Confederacy. The Confedrate government began to recruit slaves from their masters for these positions in 1862, when, along with the unilateral extension of enlistments and the introduction of a draft, efforts were being made to maintain the combat strength of the Confederate armies. It must be remarked there was no effort to recruit slaves, much less free blacks as combat soldiers. Placing weapons in the hands of such was severely restricted by Confederate Army policy.
Consider that by the census of 1860, there were over 400,000 free and 3.4 million slave blacks in the states that seceded. This should have translated into around and at least 40,000 free and 340,000 slave male blacks of military age. Yet, where the Union was able to officially mobilize over 140,000 of these individuals (the difference between this figure and the 180,000 is the 40,000 free blacks recruited in the North and West) as combat soldiers, the Confederacy couldn't mobilize more than a thousand. Yet from a white free population of something over 6 million, the Confederacy mobilized over 750,000 soldiers (and the Union, 250,000). This sin't exactly a ringing indorsement of the Confedercy's political, social, economic and cultural objectives by the South's black populace.
Good coverage of a forgotten subject  Dec 22, 2004
Nothing is so upsetting to a liberal as the idea that Blacks willingly supported the Confederacy. It assails their preconceived notions about slavery and their assumptions about how Blacks should think and act. They simply cannot accept the idea that some slaves and many freemen willingly supported the CSA and many served in its' armies. The fallback position is that they were not soldiers as they lacked weapons being only cooks, teamsters or body servants. The same group will accord soldier status to a man who drove the Red Ball in WWII but not a teamster driving a wagon for the AoNV.

This book takes a very close look at Black Confederates, proves that they do exist, and shows how much information was never recorded. The sad part of their story is that it is untold. This is a vital book for anyone interested in the subject.

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