Welcome to the Black Confederate Soldiers website which focuses on connecting families with their ancestor's genealogical records and citations. The purpose of this website is to provide a one-stop location of free genealogy records by state about 19th Century slaves and freedmen who served in various capacities with the Confederate States Army and Navy during the American Civil War.  Primary and Secondary sources of information are made available to family historians researching ancestors who lived in the southern states during the American Civil War (1861-1865).  

The website was reorganized in 2014 from its 2010 layout in order to provide consumable information/data for family researchers to include librarians and genealogists with goals to bridge the digital divide.  As research uncovers additional records, information will be added to this website. All content and opinions on this site generated by Publishers, Editors, Journalists, Authors, Book Reviewers, Artists and others are the property and copyright of their respective holders.



 News Flash

Title: EBONY Magazine

Article: The Negro In the Civil War
Publisher: Johnson Publishing Company

Editor-In-Chief: Terry Glover

Publication Date: June 1962

Magazine Description: EBONY is the flagship magazine of Johnson Publishing. Founded in 1945 by John H. Johnson, EBONY still maintains the highest global circulation of any African American-focused magazine.

Black Confederate Context:
The June 1962 issue of EBONY Magazine includes an account of African-Americans in the Confederacy.  The opening sentence states "Confederacy was first to recognize the Negro as military factor in the war."



Civil War Soldier Service Records

Celebrating African-American Contributions to United States Military History and

Connecting Families with priceless genealogical records and citations

Hannah Dawson
Military Duty: Cook
Confederate States Army  
63rd Regiment Georgia Infantry
Lot Allen
Military Duty:   Cook
Union Army  21st United States Colored Troops  Company A
(Source: NARA )
(Source: NARA)

Note:  The Congress of the Confederate States of America did not authorize African-Americans to enlist until  General Order No. 14 was issued on March 23, 1865.  However, prior to March 1865,  each state in the Confederacy was sovereign and independent; thus, Confederate Officers were at liberty to enlist based on the Confederate legislation of their respective states.  As an example, the Confederate legislature of Tennessee passed an act impressing all male free persons of color between the ages of fifteen and fifty.  Thus,  Confederate Soldier Service Records provide vital genealogical data for many family historians.

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