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Stonewall Jackson’s Way

Some find it surprising that one of the greatest generals of the Confederacy, Stonewall Jackson, exercised loving care toward blacks. In fact, Jackson felt it was his Christian duty to be kind and helpful toward those who were “held in bondage” and to nurture their souls, But did ...
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A Stands for Adam

The picture above depicts Tyler Lewis, fictional brother of Jim Lewis, who became a Union spy. Unlike Jim, Tyler let his hatred of the lash of slavery dominate his life and thoughts. Frederick Douglass shed light on the work of the American black spy and spoke of the ...
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Stonewall’s doubts

As historical fiction, Uncle T and the Uppity Spy speculates that while Stonewall Jackson fervently believed that God had crowned his military efforts with the victories he won, Jackson was a soul-searching man, and his doubts about the wisdom of human bondage could not be contained. Stonewall had ...
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Little Sorrel and Jim pay Tribute

General Thomas Stonewall Jackson’s amputated arm is buried in a separate grave from the rest of his body. It is ironic to this author that the same arm that handed Bibles to African American slaves, and broke the law by teaching them how to read and write, is ...
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Tom the Adroit Politician

Uncle T and the Uppity Spy’s star character Jim Lewis stayed on the Confederate side of the war. Today Jim might be labeled an “Uncle Tom,” which is a reference to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s novel Uncle Tom’s Cabin. Stowe’s character “Uncle Tom” was a saintly black slave who ...
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Coon Huntin

The gospel song “Wade in the Water” is often sung today at baptisms. However, in the era of slavery, the song contained covert guidance for escaping. Since bloodhounds could not trace human scent through water, escaping slaves were told through the song that they should cross through water ...
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I Stands for Infidel.

Many Southerners were sincere and devout Christians, reconciling their moral sense that slavery was wrong by asserting the belief that slavery and white dominance were part of God’s will. When someone like Thomas J. Jackson decided to raise up blacks through religious education, it was a radical thing ...
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