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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; Reprint Edition edition (January 31, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589804554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589804555
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #453,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Readers will encounter selections drawn from a wide variety of reliable sources to include newspaper articles and veterans' narratives. -- Publisher --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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The debate over the role of African Americans who served in Confederate armies has not subsided. Historians remain in disagreement over the numbers of Black Southerners involved and whether significant military contributions were made. Nevertheless, official records, newspaper articles, veterans' accounts, and other surviving documents suggest that large numbers of slaves and freed men served as southern allies--and, in some instances, as soldiers and sailors for the Confederacy.

For modern readers, the thought of African Americans serving within Confederate armies seems beyond comprehension and reason--and a paradox that contradicts all we thought we knew about the Civil War and the South. Readers will be intrigued by the little-known stories of these Black Confederates, collected here from a wide variety of reliable sources.

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31 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Lee Freeman on November 26, 2003
Format: Paperback
Black Southerners in Confederate Armies is the second book on this subject by Charles K. Barrows asnd J. H. Segars and as such is one more of several very good recent scholarly studies on this most intriguing subject. This topic is finally receiving the serious attention of Civil War scholars it deserves.
Though Barrows is historian-in-chief for the Georgia Sons of Confederate Veterans, the work is free of any pro-Confederate bias. The essay authors, scholars and professional historians, allow the historical records themselves to speak, which is critical for any historical topic, but particularly one that has become so controversial. The essays themselves are concise and well-written, covering a wide range of material relating to black Southerners who served in Confederate armies. The records surveyed include old period newspaper articles, official Confederate military correspondence, interviews with black Confederate veterans as well as analysis of black Confederate pension application files.
The existence of pro-Confederate blacks and black Confederate veterans is beyond serious historical question as this volume makes abundantly clear. Too much historical documentation exists to seriously question the existence of black Confederates, though their motives in some cases may be open to
interpretation; most, though by no means all, served out of patriotism and loyalty to their homeland.
All-in-all a very good stand-alone book on black Confederates or a good introduction to other works on the subject.
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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.
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16 of 23 people found the following review helpful By C. Schmenk on June 5, 2008
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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!
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20 of 31 people found the following review helpful By James W. Durney TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 21, 2004
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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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