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Searching for Black Confederates CIVIL WAR AMERICA Peter S. Carmichael, Caroline E. Janney, and Aaron Sheehan-­Dean, editors This landmark series interprets broadly the history and culture of the Civil War era through the long nineteenth century and beyond. Drawing on diverse approaches and methods, the series publishes historical works that explore all aspects of the war, biographies of leading commanders, and tactical and campaign studies, along with select editions of primary sources. Together, these books shed new light on an era that remains central to our understanding of American and world history. Searching for Black Confederates The Civil War’s Most Persistent Myth Kevin M. Levin The University of North Carolina Press Chapel Hill This book was published with the assistance of the Fred W. Morrison Fund of the University of North Carolina Press.© 2019 Kevin M. Levin All rights reserved Designed by Jamison Cockerham Set in Arno, Scala Sans, Fell DW Pica, and Irby by Tseng Information Systems, Inc. Manufactured in the United States of America The University of North Carolina Press has been a member of the Green Press Initiative since 2003. Jacket illustrations: (front) Sergeant Andrew M. Chandler of the 44th Mississippi Infantry Regiment, Co. F., and Silas Chandler, family slave, ca. 1861; (back) “Confederate Camp” during the Late American War, ca. 1871. Both courtesy of Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Library of Congress Cataloging-­in-­Publication Data Names: Levin, Kevin M., 1969– author. Title: Searching for black Confederates : the Civil War’s most persistent myth / Kevin M. Levin. Other titles: Civil War America (Series) Description: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, [2019] | Series: Civil War America | Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2019002919 | ISBN 9781469653266 (cloth : alk. paper) | ISBN 9781469653273 (ebook) Subjects: LCSH: African Americans—Confederate States of America. | Confederate States of America. Army—African American troops. | Slaves—Confederate States of America. | African American soldiers—History—19th century. | United States— History—Civil War, 1861–1865—Participation, African American. Classification: LCC E585.A35 L48 2019 | DDC 973.7/415—dc23 LC record available at https:/ / For my parents with love and gratitude This page intentionally left blank ...


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