In response to a recent post on the subject of black Confederates regular reader Mike Simons had this to say:
We see blacks mentions in all areas of the war but no defentive evidence has been found. I believe as I have read about the Confederate Marines the evidence was lost in the fog of war. I hope someone some where will find the smoking gun to prove these pictures and letters right.
Mike then went on to add the following after I asked why he had a need to see these stories vindicated:
Because I want all those old colored people who told me about their kin fighting for the South to be vindicated in the academic world that thus far had derailed and denyed the truth of their oral history.
Well, here is your chance Mike. I would like you to cite at least one historian in the “academic world” who has, in your view, “derailed” and “denied” the truth of the stories that you believe prove the existence of black Confederate soldiers. In addition to a name, I would also like a reference to the book or article as well as the page numbers. Finally, I would appreciate an analysis of the text in question that demonstrates an attempt to deny the past. Take your time and be careful because permission to participate in this community is at stake. I am tired of these off the cuff comments that engage in sweeping generalizations and condemnations of historians without any attempt to support said charges.