Students in my Lincoln course today handed in essays based on an article we read and analyzed last week by Jean H. Baker. They’ve been working hard and the classes are going well so I decided to take a little field trip over to the Confederate cemetery on the campus of the University of Virginia. It was a beautiful day so it seemed like the right thing to do. Later in the semester we are going to head down to the Civil War Center at Tredegar and spend some time at the Lincoln – Tad statue across the way. There is a good chance that next week we are going to have historian William Freehling joining us to discuss perceptions of Lincoln here in Virginia during the secession winter. That should be a real treat. A few additional pictures of the trip can be found here.
Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth
“Levin’s study is the first of its kind to blueprint and then debunk the mythology of enslaved African Americans who allegedly served voluntarily in behalf of the Confederacy.”–Journal of Southern History