History Detectives Tell Us What We Already Know

Let me begin by saying that I couldn’t be more pleased that History Detectives decided to follow up on the story behind the tintype of Silas and Andrew Chandler.  No, this episode is not going to convince the diehards, who smell a conspiracy behind anything that fails to conform to their narrow and overly simplistic…

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My Travels With Silas and Andrew Chandler

Welcome to all of you looking for additional information about Silas and Andrew Chandler.  I’ve been writing about the two for a few years now as part of my broader interest in how the presence of enslaved and free blacks in the Confederate army have been remembered in popular culture.  What follows is everything I’ve…

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Andrew and Silas Chandler Remained Life Long Friends

The vast majority of black Confederate accounts on the Internet follow a well-worn narrative.  First, we are somehow to believe that servants/slaves volunteered to accompany their owners to war and in doing so solidified a bond of friendship and a commitment to the achievement of Confederate independence.  Many of these postwar accounts offer rich descriptions…

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History Detectives Spins Chandler Investigation

Like many of you, I am looking forward to tomorrow night’s History Detectives segment, which will investigate the story behind the famous tintype of Silas and Andrew Chandler.  At various points during their investigation I offered advice on what I had learned about the story as well as my understanding of the mythology that has…

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