Bruce Levine

Today is the 150th anniversary of General Patrick Cleburne's proposal to enlist slaves into the Confederate army. It's an extraordinary document, in term of what it says and - in light of the continued influence of the black Confederate myth - what it does not say. The Civil War Trust has made the text of [...]

The most recent issue of The Civil War Monitor contains a letter-to-the-editor about a recent essay of mine on Confederate camp servants [Spring 2013]. From Mr. John H. Whitfield: While the article was enlightening on the issue of enslaved Africans who were wartime "body servants," it presented a rather narrow view of the panoply of [...]

I am in the home stretch with Bruce Levine's wonderful new book, The Fall of the House of Dixie: The Civil War and the Social Revolution That Transformed the South.  It's extremely well written and is an excellent introduction to the story of the Confederacy and the central role that slavery played in its ultimate [...]

Update: Bruce Levine emailed the following to me: "Of course -- as would (should?) be clear to anyone who hears or reads the text of my short talk -- my point was that facts like the ones I cited are today misconstrued as proof for the preposterous claim that the Confederate army included thousands of [...]

Those of you who are sincerely interested in the subject of how the Confederacy utilized its large black population during the war should begin with this presentation by Professor Bruce Levine from the recent Virginia Sesquicentennial Conference at Norfolk State University.  The approach of throwing out random accounts without any analysis/interpretation gets us nowhere.  We [...]