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The pose one sees in photographs of Confederate soldiers with their seemingly loyal ‘camp slaves’ is in microcosm what the issue of ‘Black Confederates’ became in our own time–a ‘pose’ by neo-Confederates seeking legitimacy for their fool’s cause. Kevin Levin has provided this mythic problem what it dearly needs–a carefully researched and beautifully written history, first of wartime itself, then of the Lost Cause memorial period, and then of the Civil War sesquicentennial in which the question of blacks in gray would not die. Levin’s book needs to be widely read as a rich history drawing the life out of a lethal narrative of wish fulfillment.—David W. Blight, author of the Pulitzer-prize winning Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom
- The first book length study of the history of Confederate camp slaves and the myth of the black Confederate soldier.
- What roles did free and enslaved blacks perform in the Confederate war effort?
- How did Confederate soldiers understand the place of slaves in camp, on the march, in the heat of battle and how did veterans remember these men decades after the war?
- When did the myth of the black Confederate soldier first emerge and why does it persist to this day?
- Explore these and many more questions.