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Must See Documentary - 'Colored Confederates: Myth Or Matter Of Fact?'

by Sergio
June 2, 2012 7:54 PM
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There has been a movement for the longest time by so-called "historians" who argue and claim to have definitive proof that there were many black slaves, up to over 90,000 some claim, who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

The reason why this fact hasn't been more well known, according to these mainly white Southern historians and defenders of "Southern heritage" , is because of an evil and diabolical conspiracy created by Union sympathizers and historians who have the audacity to claim that black slavery was a horrible and destructive thing - the lasting legacy of which we're still struggling with today.

In fact, they say it wasn't even remotely as bad as people say it was. It was simply one neighbor just helping out another neighbor in times of need.

Thankfully, educator and documentary filmmaker Ken Wyatt, has made a truly fascinating and much needed film to set this nonsense straight, in his new documentary, Colored Confederates: Myth or Matter of Fact?, which is now playing the film festival circuit here and in Germany, and will soon be screened at the Black Harvest Film Festival in Chicago in August.

Wyatt sets the facts straight and clears away this utter nonsense with clear analysis and undisputed evidence that there weren't any black slaves who fought for the Confederate, despite alleged "evidence" otherwise.

And besides, even the idea of such a claim of slaves fighting for the South is totally illogical. What slave owner would give a gun to one of his slaves, to use against the Union Army? The slave would have turned the gun on HIM instead.

However, as the documentary shows, not only are there many whites who truly believe that there were black Confederate solders, but it also explores some black sellouts as well, who defend the Confederacy and raised the rebel flag with pride, such as the amazing H.K. Edgarton (pictured above).

The trailer below gives you just a hint of this truly baffling person who travels around the South dressed in a Confederate solider's uniform, praising the Confederacy, slavery (which he likes to call the greatest gift God has ever given to America) and white sumpremacy.

Edgarton, is currently the chairman of the board of directors of the controversial Southern Legal Resource Center, which defends white racist organizations in court, such as the KKK  and was in fact, at one time, president of the Asheville North Carolina NAACP.

Well, that is until he was kicked out in 1998 "for not complying with the organization's rules," which is a polite way of saying because he was bat-shit crazy.

I would SO like to believe that Edgarton is really a performance artist and his whole act is really one big put-on, mocking the very beliefs and attitudes of the people who come to see him. Alas, he's for real folks.

As I've said before, I don't make this stuff up. Sometimes it just writes itself.

But do yourself a favor and check out Wyatt's documentary if you have an opportunity to do so. It's definitely worth checking out:

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  • CM | June 5, 2012 2:03 PMReply

    I think it's well known that blacks fought on both sides during the Civil War. The aspect is even mentioned several times in Ken Burns' classic documentary, "The Civl War." Colored Confederates' producer seems to be going over previously charted territory. Tell us something we don't know.

  • T'Challa | June 3, 2012 5:10 PMReply

    Clayton Bigsby lives! Not implausible that some ignorant slaves fought for the Confederacy, but still they've gotta provide the facts..

  • Bonnie | June 3, 2012 1:43 AMReply

    Whoa! It's Uncle Ruckus from "The Boondocks"

  • Ava | June 3, 2012 5:56 PM

    I was thinking Herman Cain myself.

  • kid chaos | June 3, 2012 1:16 AMReply

    Ever one watch "the civil war" By Ken burns the south was low on men so they let the slaves join

  • JMac | June 2, 2012 9:41 PMReply

    When I was studying in Georgia during the whole "let's remove the confederate flag image from the state flag" hullabaloo, I happened upon a cable access channel with white Georgia crackers trying to argue that the confederate flag was just history and not hate. Just when I was about to turn the channel they brought a super dark skinned black guy to the podium - the only black guy there - to get up and speak on why he loved the confederate flag. He was wearing a confederate flag t-shirt and looked like he was on crack. His eyes were wide open, he would fidget and hobble uncontrollably from side time side, and after each sentence he would stop and look off to the side as if someone was telling him what to say. I never laughed so hard. You could tell he was not in his right mind and that they probably pulled him off the street with promises of free cash and liquor. Edgarton is either on drugs or needs some. Black confederates - complete myth. There's evidence some slave owners wanted their slaves to fight in the confederate army [and I bet a few of them would have] but no one was stupid enough to chance it.

  • CareyCarey | June 2, 2012 9:32 PMReply

    "historians" who argue and claim to have definitive proof that there were many black slaves, up to over 90,000 some claim, who fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War". I doubt that's true but this subject interests me. But I believe a few facts are in order. Contrary to popular belief, the Civil War was not about slavery. I am not going to detail the historical events leading up to the civil war, but it basically revolved around power, control and money. However, slavery was an integral part of thar mix. Now I do know many slaves fought for the union army. But lets bring another fact to the floor. Northern whites were just as vicious and racist as southern whites. In some cases... more so. In fact, even though blacks served in northern states, in many case they were not allowed in the towns adjacent to their posts. So, all in all, it's feasible that some blacks may have been attached to the confederate army, but I'd question the numbers. But there is something else to consider. Many Colored folks were in the dark on many issues (no TV or Radio, couldn't read, and seldom left the plantation) so it's possible they may not have known the particulars of the Civil War. Also, who knows about Juneteenth? Well, for those who don't know; on June 19th the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note that this was TWO AND A HALF AFTER President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation - which had become official JANUARY 1, 1863!

  • CareyCarey | June 4, 2012 9:35 PM

    You are correct Marie. I merely wanted to expand the conversation to include how money and control of the government was behind the issue of slavery. The phrase "Cotton is King" played an important role in the evolution of U.S politics. Cotton and tabacco farmers were some of the wealthest citizens in America. Consequently, along with great wealth comes great power. And of course, free labor speaks directly to healthy bottom line. Therefore, I am suggesting the issue of slavery had little or nothing to do with the character nor morals of the northern states, it was all about money. Granted, the issue of extending slavery to western states was a concern. Yet again, that issue had more to do with laws protecting slaves or would be slaves, who may have escaped into "freedom" or born in freedom. Case in point: Dred Scott (1795 – September 17, 1858), was an African American slave in the United States who unsuccessfully sued for his freedom and that of his wife and their two daughters in the Dred Scott v. Sandford case of 1857, popularly known as "the Dred Scott Decision." His case was based on the fact that although he and his wife Harriet Scott were slaves, he had lived with his master Dr. John Emerson in states and territories where slavery was illegal according to both state laws. In short Marie, I believe we are agreeing in principle. btw, there were other state rights being "threatened" besides slavery. think about it, just like today, when a new government is in place, they have the power to enact new laws and appoint supreme court justices.... just to name a couple of "threatening" issues. Heck, the South had it's own currency.

  • Marie | June 4, 2012 9:07 AM

    @CareyCarey—The Civil War was absolutely about slavery. Period. The money, power and control aspects you cite were directly related to slavery (unless you want to specify what they were related to?). The South not only feared that their slave tradition was being threatened but also that it would not be allowed to extend into the western territories. The states' rights arguments and all other non-slavery arguments regarding the Civil War are fictions that were perpetuated by the South after the war's end, known as revisionism. The only state right being threatened was slavery. I suggest you read the New York Times' extensive series about the Civil War (I think it's called "Disunion") and watch Ken Burns' documentary about the Civil War. I'm confident you'll learn exactly how the Civil War was related to slavery.

  • CareyCarey | June 2, 2012 10:21 PM

    Hold up Jmac, the statement is either true or it's not. To say you can't separate one from the other is as vague and misleading as saying the United State's involvement in the Iraq was was about______(fill in the blank). And I don't know who you're referencing with your "morally just" statement, but again, the Emancipation Proclamation was official on January 1 1863. The Northern troops fought under orders to maintain control in the United States, not because of moral issues! Again, most of the white folks -- north or south -- didn't give a damn about colored folks. The war was about money and power. Anyway, the idea that some blacks were in total darkness about the Civil War, cannot be denied. Consequently, it's feasible some fought to protect their "positions". You have to consider the fact that although some slaves were "owned" -- for many -- it was the only life they knew and some were "comfortable" with that life. I know, that's hard to believe or accept, but it's true.

  • JMac | June 2, 2012 9:56 PM

    "Contrary to popular belief, the Civil War was not about slavery." Yeah, that's what the black crackhead said too. I hate when people say that because it's not a true statement. Yes, the war was really about state's rights but slavery was the straw that broke the camel's back. You can't separate one from the other and the slavery angle was used by the North to make the case that it was a "morally just" war that must be fought for the good of the nation. Quite a few white people bought into that.

  • No | June 2, 2012 9:16 PMReply

    Hmmm. Maybe Harriet Beecher Stowe was on to something when she penned "Uncle Tom's Confederacy" -- I meant cabin!

  • Josh | June 2, 2012 8:57 PMReply

    Every war has collaberation. Some guys were trusted enough to carry arms in combat. Small numbers, yes, but it happened. It probably was better than being on the plantation.

  • ChezCerise | June 2, 2012 8:47 PMReply

    I don't doubt it for a second.

    I don't doubt that many were slaves following orders.

    I also know that the one who wins the war writes the history books.

  • obviously | June 2, 2012 8:12 PMReply

    Produced by Dave Chappelle.

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