How do we explain the continued endurance of the idea of black Confederates?

In this Behind the Lines interview, we talk with scholar Kevin Levin about where the phrase and idea of black Confederates came from and why it is so compelling for certain segments of the public. What would Confederates think about the notion of black Confederates? Why do these stories persist despite scanty evidence?

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Extra Voices: Doldrums of War

In the Voices section of our Fall 2023 issue we highlighted quotes by Union and Confederate soldiers about the long stretches of inactivity and boredom they regularly faced. Unfortunately, we didn’t have room to include all that we found. Below are those that just missed the cut.