Nonfiction Reading List

Historical accounts in books/magazines of African-Americans
serving in varying capacities with the Confederate States Army


 Ebony Magazine%27s June 1962 Issue

Title: EBONY Magazine

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

Edito-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 "[The] Confederacy was first to recognize the Negro as military factor in the war..."

Book Cover of Lyddy: A Tale of the Old South

Title: Lyddy: A Tale of the South

Author: Eugenia Jones Bacon

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication Date: 1898 [Reprint 2010]

Media: Paperback

Book Description: Originally published in 1898, this blend of fiction and memoir looks through the eyes of a white plantation mistress at her family plantation, her marriage, slave life, and the destruction of the plantation economy that took place when Sherman’s army arrived in December 1864.

Black Confederate Context:
The novel includes a character based on Marlboro (Marlborough) Jones (a.k.a. Marlboro Camp), slave of Captain Randal F. Jones (7th Georgia Cavalry).


Book Cover of Nathan Bedford Forrest Escort and Staff

Title: Nathan Bedford Forrest's Escort and Staff

Author: Michael R. Bradley

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication Date: 2006

Media: Hardback

Description:
The exploits of Forrest's Escort are detailed, followed by the previously unpublished minutes of the association formed by the bodyguard and staff of Forrest.

Black Confederate Context:
Beginning on page 215, readers find out more about the forty-five (45) African-Americans in General Nathan Bedford Forrest's wagan trail.


It Happened in the Civil War, chapter about George Dance

Title: It Happened in the Civil War

Author: Michael R. Bradley

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication Date: 2002

Media: Paperback

Description:
This compelling collection of true anecdotes from America's Civil War offers a lively look at thirty unusual, little-known, and bizarre incidents that impacted the course of the war.

Black Confederate Context:
The Chapter "His Country's Highest Award for Bravery" is about Corporal George Dance, Color Sergeant for the 8th Tennessee.


Book Cover of Darlington County with Henry

Title: Darlington County: Images of America Series

Author: Mary Anne Hamblen

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication Date: 2008

Media: Paperbook

Description:
Today Darlington County presents a mingling of vintage architecture with the contemporary. This is Darlington County, at once historic and thoroughly modern.

Black Confederate Context:
The book includes two pictures and an historical account of  Henry "Dad" Brown, drummer for the 21st South Carolina Infantry Company H and Darlington Guards.


 To Die In Chicago by George Levy

Title: To Die In Chicago

Author: George Levy

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication Date: 1999

Media: Hardback

Description:
This book provides an account of Confederate Soldier living conditions and experiences at Camp Douglas, a Union Army prison camp, from 1862 to 1865.

Black Confederate Context:
Documented are accounts of Black Confederate prisioners at Camp Douglas to include the first 14 year old African American prisoner killed as well as the Black Prisoners from Morgan's Raid.


Book Cover of Ten Cent Bill (Bill Yopp)

Title: Ten Cent Bill

Author: Charles Pittman

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication Date: 2008

Media: Paperback

Description:
Charles Pittman introduces the world to Ten Cent Bill in this moving account based on the story of Bill Yopp, a Georgia man born into slavery.

Black Confederate Context:
On the book cover is William "Ten Cent Bill" Yopp, who was the body servant of Captain Thomas Yopp (14th Georgia Regiment Volunteers Infantry) and served as a drummer in the Confederate States Army. 


 Nathan Bedford Forrest by Lochlainn Seabrook

Title: Nathan Bedford Forrest: Southern Hero, American Patriot

Author: Lochlainn Seabrook

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication Date: 2009

Media:
Paperback

Description:
Lavishly illustrated, "Nathan Bedford Forrest" includes a detailed bibliography and an index.

Black Confederate Context:
General Forrest enlisted forty-five African-Americans in his own command (six who served as his personal armed guard), then emancipated them in the fall of 1863.


In Search of Your Confederate Ancestors

Title: In Search of Your Confederate Ancestors

Author: J.H. Segars

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication Date: 2008

Media:
Paperback

Description:
This easy-to-use guide is essential to researchers and genealogists pursuing ancestral histories within the Confederate military.

Black Confederate Context:
The book includes an account of "Uncle" Jerry Perkins, a body servant of Charles Perkins (31st Tennessee Infantry)


Book Cover of Hells Broke Loose In Georgia

Title: Hell's Broke Loose in Georgia: Survival in a Civil War Regiment

Author: Scott Walker

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication Date: 2005

Media: Hardback

Book Description:
Humane but not sentimental, the history  of the Fifty-seventh  Georgia Regiment CSA abounds in episodes of real feeling: a starving soldier’s theft of a pie; another’s open confession, in a letter to his wife, that he may desert; a slave’s travails as a orderly.

Black Confederate Context:
On the book cover is Scott, camp servant, of Lieutenant Archibald C. McKinley (57th Georgia Regiment Volunteers, Company H). There are several historical accounts of Scott throughout the book.


Book Cover of Stonewall Jackson: The Black Mans Friend 

Title: Stonewall Jackson: The Black Man's Friend

Author: Richard G. Williams, Jr.

Genre: Nonfiction

Publication Date: 2006

Media: Hardback

Book Description:
Exploring in depth Confederate General "Stonewall" Jackson's now famous "Colored Sabbath School," Richard Williams reveals—for the first time—the influence General Stonewall Jackson's efforts had on subsequent generations of African Americans.

Black Confederate Context: 
On the book cover is Jefferson Shields, body servant of Colonel James Kerr Edmonson (Company H , Rockbridge Rifles, 27th Virginia Infantry).  There is also a brief account of Jefferson Shields in Chapter four (4).

The entire Chapter Six (6) is dedicated to the historical accounts during the war of Jim Lewis, personal servant of General Stonewall Jackson.



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