Black Confederates at Antietam National Battlefield

I’ve always been just a little jealous of those of you whose connection to the Civil War  can be traced back to a family visit to a Civil War battlefield or through reading a book such as the American Heritage Picture History of the Civil War. For me it was a random visit to the Antietam National Battlefield back in 1994 when I was in my mid-20s. At the time I possessed no understanding of the battle or the Civil War.

That visit changed my life.

Over the past few months I have seen Searching for Black Confederates in bookstores, museums, and at historic sites, but you can imagine the smile that came across my face when I saw this pic of the Antietam bookstore.

Once again, thanks to all of you for your support. Have a restful and enjoyable Thanksgiving.

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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7 comments… add one
  • Suzanne Crockett Dec 19, 2019 @ 13:06

    Age 10, 1963, 100th anniversary of the Battle of Brandy Station. I grew up a mile away on Old US 29, where Stuart held his Grand Review. Growing up in Virginia during the 100th celebration of that war (and it was a celebration) and learning Virginia history in 4th grade that year, I was aware of course. But studying that battle made it real.

  • CliosFanBoy Nov 29, 2019 @ 8:31

    FYI, your “Black Confederates” book was recommended in a recent Smithsonian article about “must read” books of 2019.

    • Kevin Levin Nov 29, 2019 @ 8:40

      I saw it. Thank you.

  • Eric S Nov 28, 2019 @ 12:26

    I grew up in Maryland but sadly it wasn’t until my father in law from England came to visit that I went to Antietam and Gettysburg. His fascination was contagious. Since then I have had a ravenous interest in the Civil War and it’s true history. Thanks for this book it is incredibly useful in my discussions on the subject of the war.

    • Kevin Levin Nov 28, 2019 @ 12:38

      Glad to hear it.

  • Roger Watson Nov 27, 2019 @ 8:58

    Back in 1987 or so and a chance stop at Gettysburg coming up the Valley after a visit to the Great Smokies. Research in my family that had already been done 50 years before showed a cousin killed on Little Round Top during the 2nd day’s fighting. Needless to say, my interest has been continual since.

  • Paul ONeil Nov 27, 2019 @ 8:09

    For me it was being 10 in 1961. Then the AMERICAN HERITAGE book and trips to Gettysburg with my Dad and younger brothers.

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