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Confederate Slaves by Peter Carmichael

Dear David:

I thought of you as I read Peter Carmichael's essay on slaves in the confederate army. I remember you cautioning us to be careful not to rely on total speculation when writing about an individual in history. I often hold back when I write about my ancestors. "He must have thought", "She could have believed".

Peter Carmichael does speculate about the plight of slaves who were forced to serve in the confederate army. However, his arguments are based on facts.

This is a brilliant and compelling essay. Carmichael discusses the profiles and possible motivations of a several slaves. He makes us wonder if our ancestors did the same.

K Wyer Lane

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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