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Nillie The War Chick

Order your book copy TODAY The chickens that saved Western civilization were discovered, according to legend, by the side of a road in Greece in the first decade of the fifth century B.C. The Athenian general Themistocles, on his way to confront the invading Persian forces, stopped to watch two cocks fighting and summoned his […]

M Stands for MASTER

Artwork from the book Uncle T and the Uppity Spy emphasizes that Thomas Stonewall Jackson was more than a courageous and skillful Confederate general; his service to the black community in his hometown in Virginia made him the apprentice of God, and he obeyed his internal moral calling to the end. Dr. Martin Luther King […]

The Black Confederate

Some black Confederate soldiers felt they were protecting their loved ones in the South by fighting for the Confederacy against a foe they did not know or understand. Yankee commandants on the battlefield frequently complained about blacks’ assistance to the Confederacy. This is one of the reasons they suggested emancipating Southern black slaves. It was […]

Sister’s Know the Way

Sometimes messages were sent secretly, in the words of a particular song. If a slave were to sing “Steal Away to Jesus” for instance, other slaves would hear it, and know there was going to be a secret meeting in the woods that night. Certain songs warned of approaching danger; other songs meant it was […]

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 Jackson strong beliefs was also openly known […]

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 daring and bravery of black espionage agents. […]

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 even gone so far as to confide his […]

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 separated from the rest of the general’s remains.  […]

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 died with such Christian grace at the hands of […]

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