Category Archives: Slavery

On The Trail with Sterling Price and John Brown

Recently I was “dragged”  on a family trip out to the far west….well, the Civil War far west, Kansas and Arkansas.  My friends and family who live in the region promised me “there are some really cool Civil War sites … Continue reading

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Question of the Week: 6/20-6/26/16

Since the Emancipation Proclamation wasn’t announced until 1862, African American History and abolition are sometimes overlooked in studies of the Civil War’s first year. How did they respond to the 1861 conflict? How did abolitionists use the beginning of the war … Continue reading

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Black Confederates: Laborers or Soldiers? (part five)

the final part in a series In 1969, in his book The Confederate Negro, Professor James H. Brewer wrote, “Today, in a lonely unmarked grave, forgotten and unknown, lies the Confederate Negro—a casualty of history.” What would he think about … Continue reading

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Black Confederates: Laborers or Soldiers? (part four)

Part four of a series Some people suggested using slaves to fight from the very beginning of the war. However, the overwhelming fear was of slave insurrection. The John Brown raid was less than two years before the Civil War … Continue reading

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Black Confederates: Laborers or Soldiers? (part three)

part three in a series At the beginning of the Civil War, blacks tried to enlist in both armies as soldiers but were denied by both. Enslaved men were taken to the Confederate army by their slaveowners. Free blacks were … Continue reading

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Sailors Are Not Soldiers

Dwight Hughes Civil War deep-water sailors—North and South—were not like soldiers. They came from very different backgrounds and fought a much different war. “[They] looked, moved, and talked like typical sailors,” noted one study. “Ruddy cheeks worn by the sun … Continue reading

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Black Confederates: Laborers or Soldiers? (part two)

part two of a series In 2010, I went to the Virginia Civil War 150 Signature Conference at Norfolk State University. This Conference was entitled, “Race, Slavery and the Civil War: The Tough Stuff of American History and Memory.” One … Continue reading

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Black Confederates: Laborers or Soldiers? (part one)

part one of a series When I first arrived at the Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park in 2005, I was very interested in researching black Confederate soldiers. Over the past 11 years, I have read books on this subject, … Continue reading

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Thoughts On The Movie “Union Bound”

Since I first saw the trailer for the new Civil War movie Union Bound (released in select theaters on Friday, April 22, 2016), I knew I wanted to go see it. After all, how often does a film based on the … Continue reading

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Remembering the Flag Raising Over Fort Sumter

By Julie Mujic Residents of Waukesha, Wisconsin, celebrated Lee’s surrender on the evening of April 9, 1865, along with the rest of the North. The long war was ending and their loved ones might finally return home. Despite their distance from … Continue reading

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