Black Southerners In Confederate Armies: A Collection of Historical Accounts


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  • Photos and Legal Documents
  • Copied Newspaper Articles

How do we learn about Black Confederates?  Considering the lack of ‘official’ documentation, this is not an easy question.  One way is to view the surviving accounts, narratives, and writings of WBS veterans and their family members.  A number of notable books exist that document how blacks worked in Confederate military units as cooks, bodyguards, construction workers, sailors, and soldiers.  Also, the archival records, recorded minutes, and group photographs of the United Confederate Veterans camps provide documentation of the postwar presence of Black Confederates.  Even Confederate pension records include the names of ‘African-Americans,’ many with accompanying affidavits.
In this volume an attempt has been made to present selections from a wide variety of reliable sources, and with a minimal amount of editorial opinion and analysis.

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I. Encountering Black Confederates in History
II. Reports and Correspondence from the Official Records
III. Veteran Accounts
IV. Confederate Pension Applications
V. Historical Accounts
VI. Newspaper Articles, 1861 - 1941
VII. Southern Memorials, Markers, and Tributes
VIII. Bivouac of the Dead: Published Obituaries and Reminiscences
IX. Contemporary Perspectives

"The loyalty of the slave in guarding home and family during his master's absence has long been eloquently orated."  This is quote from Governor Walker of Florida before the Legislature in 1865 as reported by John Wallace in his book "Carpet-Bag Rule in Florida."
"The Negroes' loyalty extended itself even to service in the Confederate army.  Believing their land invaded by hostile foes...Negroes who volunteered were received into the fighting forces by the rebelling States,..."--Greely, The American Conflict,  Vol. II, p. 524.

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