200201286-001A Virginia fourth-grade textbook, distributed in public schools last month, contains the sentence "Thousands of Southern blacks fought in the Confederate ranks, including two black battalions under the command of Stonewall Jackson" -- a claim that most historians reject -- the Washington Post reports.
Textbook writer Joy Masoff, who is not a trained historian, said she got the sentence mainly from Internet research that turned up claims by the Sons of Confederate Veterans. That group claims the Civil War was not fought because of slavery -- a point almost universally disputed among historians.
The textbook sentence came to light after College of William & Mary historian Carol Sheriff spotted it when looking through her daughter's textbook. Now Virginia's Education Department says it will tell teachers not to use the sentence in classroom instruction.
One of the historians Masoff claims as a source, Ervin Jordan, says he has some evidence of African-Americans serving in the Confederacy. But "there's no way of knowing that there were thousands," Jordan told the Post. "And the claim about Jackson is totally false. I don't know where that came from."Read More »from Virginia textbook claims ‘thousands’ of black soldiers fought for Confederacy