Author: Century Magazine

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“General Lee’s Views on Enlisting the Negroes,” Century Magazine (August 1888)

In “General Lee’s Views on Enlisting the Negroes,” published in its August 1888 issue, Century Magazine reproduces an exchange of letters in January 1865 between Andrew Hunter, a member of the Senate of Virginia, and Robert E. Lee, then commanding the Army of Northern Virginia, on the debate over whether to enlist African Americans as Confederate soldiers during the American Civil War (1861–1865).