“One of the lost chapters of Civil War history has been the passive and even active support that many Southern blacks, free and slave, gave to the Confederacy. [Black Confederates] illuminates the overlooked facet of this seemingly contradictory behavior by a group of African-Americans who appear to have thought of themselves as Southerners first and blacks second.”
—William C. Davis, author of “A Government of Their Own”:
The Making of the Confederacy
Neither Confederate history nor black studies can afford to ignore the efforts of black Americans on the side of the Confederacy, as this seemingly contradictory behavior reveals and underscores the terrible complexity of the War Between the States. To quote Edward Smith, Dean of Minority Affairs in the August, 1991 edition of The Civil War News: “To admit that blacks actually fought for a cause which in the minds of many 20th century Americans now stands exclusively for slavery and oppression is unacceptable to many in the country concerned with only politics and not with the historical record.”
This volume reflects an effort to restore some accuracy to the historical record with regard to black soldiers who fought for the Confederacy. Through correspondence, military records, narrative reminiscences, and newspaper accounts from these brave men who served what they considered their country, we hope to discover not only that they did fight, but also how they fought to restore honor to the fallen among them.
About the Editors
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 AB from West Georgia College and an MEd 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 in the founding president of the Northeast Georgia Civil War Round Table and now lives near rural Madison, Georgia, with his wife.
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 Southerners in Confederate Armies, 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 BS in social science. Now a social studies teacher at Flint River Academy, he is working on his master’s degree at Piedmont College. He resides in Zebulon, Georgia.
Compiled and Edited By Charles Kelly Barrow, J. H. Segars, and R. B. Rosenburg
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
208 pp. 6 x 9
34 b/w photos 4 Illustrations
Notes Bibliography Index
ISBN: 9781565549371 pb