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The Black and the Gray

African Americans and the Confederacy


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The Black and the Gray by Edwin W. Besch

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It took four years for Confederate Leaders, whose Government's "foundations were laid," and its "cornerstone rested upon the great truth that the negro is not equal to the white man;" to authorize enlistment of some free blacks and slaves in Confederate armies, despite examples of 200,000 black soldiers-very many of them Southerners-in Union armies and their service in Colonial times and by both sides during the American War for Independence and the War of 1812-nearly always under white officers. This book, a companion to U.S. Colored Troops Defeat Confederate Cavalry: Action at Wilson's Wharf, Virginia 24 May 1864, describes slave revolts, political conflicts from 1819-1860 that resulted in secession of eleven Southern slaves states and war to preserve the Union, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation and Confederate General Patrick Cleburne's futile advocacy to emancipate slaves and enlist some, blacks who served in civilian support roles with Confederate armies and the few "private" soldiers, and conversion of mixed-race Confederate Louisiana militia into Union soldiers.

Author Biography

Edwin W. Besch was wounded commanding a U.S. Marine Corps rifle company in Vietnam in 1966 and was a CIA analyst at the U.S. Embassy in Saigon during 1971-73. He has been the author or coauthor of 14 intelligence studies, more than 300 reports, and 100+ professional journal articles on military topics. He lives in Mobile, Alabama.
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October 30th, 2018
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United States
McFarland & Co Inc
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