In the proposal for my book on the myth of black Confederates, I suggested that the final chapter will likely remind some readers of Tony Horwitz’s wonderful travel narrative, Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War. There are a number of interesting and complex individuals that for one reason or another have fallen for this myth, which will be explored in my book’s final chapter. They include African Americans like H.K. Edgerton, Karen Cooper, and the late Anthony Hervey. Add to that list one Gregory Newson, who is both an artist and a writer. Here is an interview with Newson. He is currently promoting his new book, Uncle T and the Uppity Spy, which essentially pushes the ‘Stonewall Jackson: Black Man’s Friend’ narrative.
Below are a few photographs taken recently of Newson and his booth at a fair in Canisteo, New York.