Did blacks fight in combat for the Confederacy? Some Neo-Confederates claim, in the face of the available evidence, all of which suggests that there were few if any black soldiers in the Confederate ranks, that tens of thousands of blacks served as soldiers in the Confederate army. Here is an excellent blog post that discusses this topic: Did blacks fight in combat for the Confederacy?. Another good resource that provides some insight into this question is the book The Confederate and Neo-Confederate Reader, edited by James Loewen and Edward Sebesta.
The online document collection at the Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition is an interesting resource for secondary sources relating to slavery, abolition, and similar topics. It consists of over 200 individual items such as speeches, letters, cartoons and graphics, interviews, and articles, several of which relate to American slavery and similar topics.
pdmusic.org is an excellent resource for historic Civil War songs. It contains a large selection of songs that have been sequenced into audio files, along with the text of each song. There are two pages to check out: The Music of the American Civil War, from The Civil War Songbook, and American Civil War Music, with an enormous number of Civil War related songs from 1861 to 1865. Have a look, you’ll be glad you did.
Here are five pages on the web that provide interesting lists of useless facts about the U.S. Civil War: