History Detectives

Wearing the Confederate Uniform: Slave or Soldier?

Clip: Season 9 Episode 12 | 19m 57s | Video has closed captioning.

In this extraordinary Civil War tintype, two men sit side by side, one white, the other black, both wearing Confederate uniforms, both holding weapons. Descendants of the men in this photo ask: Could a slave be a soldier in the Confederate army? Wes Cowan dusts off years of dueling family legends to reveal the facts behind the men in this photo.

Aired: 10/10/11

Rating: NR

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