It should be abundantly clear after viewing this video why the Virginia Sesquicentennial Commission hopes to steer clear of reenactments. Nothing like going to see a Confederate drill team show their stuff followed by the execution of a “Yankee” spy. This was filmed at “Six Flags Over Texas” at the beginning of the Civil War Centennial. Click here for another video of photographs of the various Civil War-related exhibits. I can’t wait to show this to my Civil War Memory students.
Confederate Drill Team (1961)
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