Perhaps no issue is more contentious in the “Civil War” field than that of black Confederates. Did they exist? More importantly, how do we measure “support” during any period of war and what constitutes a “soldier?” Do men who are forcibly drafted into the army “support” the cause? How about non-combat support. Are they soldiers? What about support from the home front? Does non-combat “support” make someone a partisan to that cause? These are important questions and they go a long way to answering the question of did black Confederates exist. I discuss this issue on the episode of The Brion McClanahan Show.