This is a fictional depiction that includes true facts about a black man who fought for the South during the Civil War. In his insightful new book My Confederate Cousin, author Robert Broome, Jr. writes about his long ago ancestor’s part in American history.
“My cousin, Basil Dawson, was a black Confederate soldier born in Poolesville, Maryland. As a soldier in the Confederate States Army, Basil killed Federal soldiers alongside his white father and half brother, who also fought for the CSA. Following the war, Basil returned home to relatives who were unhappy with him because he had fought for the South. Even today, the family remains divided because Basil served with the Confederacy.”
Broome writes with passion about this time in America’s past when brother fought brother, and even now, almost 150 years later, the bad feelings still remain. My Confederate Cousin could have been anyone’s cousin.
About the Author
Robert Broome, Jr. currently resides in King George, Virginia, and has served for over 30 years as a Civil Servant in the U.S. Marine Corps and the Federal government as an employee at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. He believes “everyone should know the perspective of the blacks who fought on the Confederate side during the Civil War.”