Kevin Levin has brought to the attention of his readers another one of those claims about black Confederate soldiers that doesn’t appear to stand up to scrutiny. I direct you to Kevin’s blog to learn more.
What is interesting (and disturbing) is that this sort of fiction is promoted by a state agency in Georgia.
Exactly who’s on the commission?
The Georgia Civil War Commission is made up of fifteen Georgia residents who are appointed to their term on the commission by the governor, lieutenant governor, or the house speaker.
An examination of the roster of the members of that commission is educational. Chairman John Culpepper of Chickamauga’s found himself in hot water before. Charles Kelly Barrow is an SCV officer well known for his advocacy of the black Confederate myth. Hugh “Rusty” Henderson of Dublin, Georgia (sound familiar? here’s why) loves the Confederate flag as spokesman for the Heritage Preservation Association. James Yancey of Atlanta is another member of the commission as is Charles Lott, Sr., but I have no idea as to why; John B. Carroll III is a pharmacist. Karen Ledford of the UDC has explored the lives of Confederates buried in Habersham County, Georgia; her genealogical interests are akin to those of Ted O. Brooke. Bill Reilly’s recent claim to public fame was as a lawyer for the speaker of the Georgia house, David Ralston. David B. Dove would like to be a lawyer some day, but he knows the governor rather well. Curtis Harris Collier III doesn’t seem to have much training as a historian, although he has some interest in genealogy. Inger Eberhart is a conservative activist. At first I thought her work on “A Runaway Slave” might indicate an interest in history, but I was wrong.
Do you see the name of a single professional historian here? I recall that there are some fine universities in the state.
The Georgia Civil War Commission has a Facebook page, and I’m sure it would appreciate your input.