Last week Rick Shenkman asked me to write an Op-Ed on the myth of the black Confederate soldier for History News Network, which I was happy to do. I decided to structure it around a recent post that highlights a simply and important point that I’ve made numerous times. In all the years that I have researched this topic, I have yet to find a single piece of wartime evidence from a Confederate soldier, civilian or politician (before March 1865) that acknowledges that black men were serving as soldiers. In fact, on numerous occasions Confederates denied their existence when confronted by stories to the contrary.
For those of you waiting patiently for the book, you will be happy to hear that I am making steady progress. I’ve got a solid rough draft of the first chapter, which is in the hands of a few people for review, including my Book Writing Group, aptly called, “Book Squad.” I am hosting the group tonight at my house for dinner and conversation about the manuscript. It’s a wonderful group of scholars that includes, Megan Kate Nelson, Heather Cox Richardson, Seth Jacobs, Nina Silber, Elizabeth Covart, Sara Georgini, and Thomas Thurston.
I am still planning on having a completed manuscript by the beginning of 2016. Onward!