“I Am Heritage, Not Hate”

Just in case you couldn’t make the annual Gathering of Eagles event in Winchester, here is a preview with our favorite black Confederate, H.K. Edgerton.  By the way, Pickett’s Gamecocks “are specifically recruiting African-Americans interested in black Confederate or civilian portrayals.”  I assume by civilian, they mean slave portrayals.  This year participants will debate the legality of secession.  Here is a description of the event:

The “Civil War Gathering of Eagles” is an educational event brought to life by living historians from across the country. The Civil War personas, discuss the events of the war brought to life through their first person portrayals.  Issues discussed during this two and a half day event range from the tactics used to the causes of the War and the occasional heated discussion concerning the legality of secession based on the Constitution and other sources used by our Founding Fathers to establish the “united States of America”. (1)

Why the footnote, you ask?  Well, they want to make sure you know that “united States of America is a direct quote taken from the Declaration of Independance. [sic]” Sounds like a real whoot.

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

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