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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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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Pelican Publishing; Reprint Edition edition (February 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589804554
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589804555
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #783,391 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lee Freeman on November 26, 2003
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Black Southerners in Confederate Armies is the second book on this subject by Charles K. Barrows and 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.

Speaking as a historian and genealogist who has researched this topic for fifteen years (on my own area's nineteen or so known pro-Southern blacks), I can state that 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 pro-Southern blacks, though their motives in some cases may be open to interpretation; many though by no means all, served out of patriotism and loyalty to their homeland. Also adding fuel to the fire is the debate on the definition of "soldier" when talking about "black Confederates.
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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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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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US history that will never be taught in public schools. Easy to read, hard to put down. Highly recommended!
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True history documented - Know the whole truth and nothing but the Truth or their is no true discussion -
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