Black Confederate Soldiers has more of a professional look to it, but the information and commentary provided is as misleading as anything you will find online. You will find all of the standard accounts on the “History Facts” page as if to assume that serious history involves a simple listing of facts without any attempt at analysis or confirmation. The bibliography is nothing more than an assortment of neo-Confederate/Sons of Confederate Veterans propaganda that fails to draw any distinction between secondary and primary studies. The authors of this site invite readers to share their own sources on the subject.
Interestingly, both Kevin Weeks and Ann DeWitt are African American. DeWitt seems to be responsible for much, if not all, of the content of the website. As in the case of Edward C. Smith I get the sense that we are looking at another example of wanting to acknowledge the presence and importance of African Americans in our collective memory. And as I’ve said before, this is certainly understandable. In this case, however, there is something very personal at stake for DeWitt:
Born and raised in the south, I was taught forgiveness. (Matthew 18:21-22). During my research, I visited a 19th century church in Oxford, Georgia called “The Old Church.” Sitting in the front pew during a tour, I finally understood that one cannot completely understand the complexity of the American Civil War and its ties to slavery until there is complete forgiveness. The people I met on this journey gave an open reception and led me down the safest trails in obtaining the facts about Black Confederate Soldiers. For this, I am grateful.
Perhaps, Christian slaves forgave and picked up arms to fight for the little they acquired during their years on American soil. Not until we set aside our differences can we have the necessary dialog about everyone, regardless of color, family lineage, political, or military affiliation, who made tremendous sacrifice from the first shots fired on Fort Sumter in April 1861 until the the final surrender of General Robert E. Lee at the Appomattox Court House in April 1865.
I have no interest in critiquing what motivates Ms. DeWitt to explore American history and the history of race relations specifically. That said, there is something very honest about the above passage and I certainly sympathize with the ways in which understanding history can help to bring about understanding and reconciliation. Unfortunately, this site does little more than promote the same tired myths and moves us even further away from understanding how the war effected the master-slave relationship.