Browsing All posts tagged under »Black Confederates«

“I don’t think there were really that many”

July 13, 2012 by

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Not so much a matter of content delivery this morning, and more about a thought that’s been lingering with me for a bit… About a month ago, a friend of mine attended a reenactment, here in the Valley (the Cross Keys/Port Republic event held on… the Cedar Creek battlefield). When he had an opportunity to talk […]

Virginia’s textbook ordeal: thinking beyond “Black Confederates”

November 17, 2010 by

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Not long after the controversy over Virginia’s 4th grade history text began, like a number of others, I gave some thoughts about the mention of “Black Confederates” as well, but didn’t go beyond the single post. Yet, in the weeks that followed, I began to think more of what this means. Let’s focus specifically on […]

Charles M. Brown… Page County’s “Black Confederate”… or… maybe not(?)

October 27, 2010 by

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As, I believe, most are aware (mostly because of the recent issue with the textbooks in Virginia), there is a great deal of talk about the subject of “Black Confederates” at this time, and, in the CW blogosphere, I think Andy Hall and Kevin Levin are handling it just fine. I’ve engaged in discussion about […]

It’s complicated…

June 17, 2010 by

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Not the best photocopy, so probably an even worse scan, but consider the following… The caption reads… “Love of master means more than freedom to William Slaughter. Slaughter refused to accept freedom under the emancipation proclamation and remained the servant of W.D. Colvin of Culpeppper, Va. The two attend all Confederate reunions together.” Now, I […]

A Virginia slave in pursuit of freedom

June 3, 2010 by

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I just finished reading something about John M. Washington, a slave who spent some time in Staunton, Virginia in the mid-1850s. To me, finding any account of a slave, for any amount of time in the Valley, is refreshing as it adds new dimensions to an understanding of what life was like here. Regretfully, I […]

Online discussion and digital literacy

January 5, 2010 by

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I’m just throwing this out as a thought, but in seeing a good deal of activity lately in the way of discussions about “Black Confederates” a couple of things come to mind… but this isn’t so much about “Black Confederates” as a focus of discussion as it is about the use of technology to discuss […]

“Think of it!” A Confederate reflects on the duties of slaves with the Army of Northern Virginia

September 8, 2009 by

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I recently saw this article come across the Web… and, quite naturally, was taken aback by the claim that these people make regarding the “rebel flag” flying “for freedom” and, of course, that “at least 100,000 blacks… fought in the war,” seemingly in the name of freedom as provided courtesy of the flag. So, when I found […]

“Black Confederates” were no different than WW2 civilian POWs… are you serious!?

March 3, 2009 by

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I had to toss this up on the blog. I’m currently engaged in an exchange on a Civil War ListServ in which someone else has compared the labor provided to the Confederacy by African-Americans (let’s take, for example, a personal body servant) to the labor provided by American POWs (let’s say, as in the case of […]

A suggestion of prevailing racial harmony and sympathy in “Cause” in “remembering” “Black Confederates?”

February 13, 2009 by

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Revisiting one of my earlier posts in which I offered my thoughts on a post made by Kevin Levin in his Civil War Memory blog, and having seen this post in another blog, I’m again drawn to some of the thoughts that I’ve had regarding the way that “Black Confederates” are being “remembered.” Regretfully, we still know little about […]

Who’s foolin’ who? More on “black Confederates”

February 4, 2009 by

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I was greatly interested in Kevin Levin’s post yesterday about the planned event to honor two “black Confederates” (or is it slaves?) in North Carolina… especially since I was preparing a post addressing my concerns about the way “black Confederates,”  in general, are being represented in remembrance events and “Confederate-friendly” published works. I don’t know enough yet to say […]

The State of this Blog

November 2, 2008 by

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In the wake of the digital history-focused discussions (here and here) of last week, I figured it was time to check the stats for this blog. Though it did not really go active until February 21, 2008, I actually opened the blog site on November 3, 2007. So, though it has been an “active blog” […]

My point in posting the pension abstract… more on the way in which “Black Confederates” are “honored”

September 1, 2008 by

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Despite criticism of my motivations behind one of my most recent posts, posting what I did was not merely a matter of convenience in support of my argument. The material does support it, but that’s not the point. This is just laying out the facts as defined, not by me, but by the state and […]

No need for “interpretation” when the facts were made clear some 90 years ago

August 30, 2008 by

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Recalling that I had something in my papers that deals specifically with the Virginia Servants’ Pension records, I started digging in my files and was happy to find something of value to the discussion about “Black Confederates.” More specifically, my finding addresses the need of some people today to insist that a “Black Confederate,” whether […]

More on headstones, pensions and “Black Confederates”

August 29, 2008 by

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Feeling the need to clarify my thoughts on some things, the following applies… Regarding the use of pensions to justify ordering a soldier’s headstone While I do believe that digging into pension records of Civil War era soldiers/sailors can be a means of gathering evidence in support of military service, just as in the case […]

Are the right motivations behind the search for Black Confederates?

July 25, 2008 by

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What follows is one of my comments to some of the other comments on Peter Carmichael’s post on Black Confederates… I’d like to add to/take another angle on Kevin’s comment about the SCV and what appears to be the SCV’s use/exploitation of black Confederates to promote the ideals of white Confederate ancestry. Honoring blacks who […]

The flip-side to the search for Black Confederates

July 23, 2008 by

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While the hoopla lingers around the stories about Weary Clyburn and discussion begins to grow around Peter Carmichael’s great article on Kevin Levin’s Civil War Memory Blog, I figured it a great opportunity to remember the other side of the search for Black Confederates. John M. “Jack” Dogans was the only free black in Page […]

On “Black Confederates”

March 8, 2008 by

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I’ve been enjoying Kevin Levin’s blogging about Black Confederates lately and I particularly enjoyed his post Black Confederates: The Standard Formula. I don’t really think much of the position that some in the SCV and neo-Confederates (yes, I recognize a difference between the two, though at times, people from the two sets are one-in-the-same under the same neo-Confederate ideology) have taken […]