Black Southerners in Confederate Armies: A Collection of Historical Accounts

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Large numbers of slaves and freedmen served the South, in some cases as soldiers and sailors for the Confederacy. This book uses official records, newspaper articles, and veterans� accounts to tell the enlightening stories of these Black Confederates.

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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.

About the Author:

Charles Kelly Barrow is a native Georgian, born in Atlanta and raised in DeKalb County and the Tucker area. With J. H. Segars and R. B. Rosenburg, he compiled and edited the anthology Black Confederates , also a Pelican title. In 1979, he joined the Sons of Confederate Veterans and currently serves as second vice-president of the Pike County Historical Society and as the historian-in-chief of the SCV (the youngest ever appointed). He graduated from Shorter College in 1988 with a B.S. in social science. Now a social studies teacher at Flint River Academy, he is working on his masterís degree at Piedmont College. He resides in Zebulon, Georgia.

J. H. "Hank" Segars, a native of Eatonton, Georgia, is managing editor of Southern Lion Books, an independent publisher of regional books, and a consultant to first-time authors. Segars earned an A.B. from West Georgia College and an M.Ed. from the University of Georgia. He is the author and editor of a number of books about the American South, including Andersonville: The Southern Perspective and Black Confederates, both published by Pelican. Segars is the founding president of the Northeast Georgia Civil War Round Table and now lives near rural Madison, Georgia, with his wife.

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