Archive for February, 2011

American Civil War Folklore or Legend, the story of Confederate Body Servant Marlboro Jones (Camp) [Black History MMXI. Part xxiv.]

Monday, February 28th, 2011

by Ann DeWitt

“The road to tyranny, we must never forget,
begins with the destruction of the truth.”
~Bill Clinton, 42nd United States President


Black Confederates Book Cover featuring Marlboro Jones [Camp]

Black Confederates Book Cover featuring Marlboro Jones Camp

While conducting research on Marlboro Jones [Camp], the stories of African-Americans who served in various capacities with the Confederate States Army emerged from the pages in several books—from nonfiction to fiction to reference books.  In fact, Marlboro Jones [Camp] was immortalized as a character in the book titled Lyddy: A Tale of the South by Eugenia Jones Bacon.  Most notably, Marlboro Jones [Camp] also graces the book cover of Black Confederates by Charles Kelly Barrow (pictured to the left).

Marlboro Jones [Camp] was the slave of Captain Randal F. Jones who served with the 7th Georgia Cavalry.  Many viewers on the internet believe Marlboro Jones [Camp] to be the body servant of  Major Raleigh Camp with the 40th Georgia Regiment.  However, Major Camp was an in-law by marriage to Captain Randal F. Jones.  As stated previously, slaves during the 19th century often were known by the last names of the Confederate officers whom they accompanied.

Descendants of the 40th Georgia Regiment state that Marlboro was well respected; and he enjoyed wearing his reunion uniform to United Confederate Veterans meetings.  So as we close out Black History Month 2011, we open another chapter of this series during the sesquicentennial of the American Civil War (2011 through 2015) in memory of men, not property, like Marlboro Jones Camp.

For more information about African Americans who served with the Confederate States Army, visit www.blackconfederatesoldiers.com.

This article is sponsored by The Street Life Series Youth Edition. Contact email: info@kevinmweeks.com.

Peel Back the Sticker and Reveal the Names of Black ConfederatesPeel back the sticker and reveal the names of African-American men who served in various capacities with the Confederate States Army (Black Confederates) during the American Civil War.

Recommended Reading:

  • Lyddy: A Tale of the South by Eugenia Jones Bacon
  • The Museum and White House of the Confederacy
  • Black Confederates by Charles Kelly Barrow, R. B. Rosenburg (Editor), J. H. Segars (Editor)
  • Entangled In Freedom: A Civil War Story by Ann DeWitt and Kevin M. Weeks