Heroes by Force


Heroes by Force; The primary aim of this 225 page book which highlight the service of all African Americans who served in the Confederacy in the American Civil War, whether they enlisted, were drafted or were ordered to serve by their masters. Many are baffled as to why African Americans would fight for the Old South. Hear slave narratives and testimonies from black confederate soldiers of the era reveal that they fought for the South because their land was being invaded by a nation attempting to impose its will on them.



Heroes by Force is a 250-page illustrated search directory of black confederate books, with a listing of 5,000 by slave names, state divisions, militia, and volunteers.  Author Gregory Newson used a variety of resources to develop the book.  These include information from:

  • National and state archives
  • Confederate pension records, service records, land grants, and slave    narratives
  • Books, old newspaper listings, muster rolls, and prisoner-of-war documents

Heroes by Force is available in paperback format