"The Lost Colony of the Confederacy" by Eugene C. Harter

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I learned about this book from a presentation on our local KET show "Kentucky Life". They did a segment on this lost colony in Brazil. I wanted to learn more and was able to get this book through my library.

It is written by the late Eugene C. Harter who was the grandson and great grandson of Confederates who left Texas and Mississippi as a part of the great Confederate migration in the late 1860s.

"The Lost Colony of the Confederacy" is the story of the journey of twenty thousand Confederates to Brazil at the end of the Civil War. Many Confederates migrated to South America. Their departure was fueled by bitterness over a lost cause and a distaste for an oppressive victor. Encouraged by Emperor Don Pedro, most of these exiles settled in Brazil.

At the end of the Civil War the exodus was widely known and discussed as an indicator of the resentment against the northern invaders and strict governmental measures. However, as time went by it was not mention. This is the first book to focus on this mass migration.

Mr. Harter vividly describes the lives of these last Confederates who founded their own city and were called Os Confederados by the Brazilians. They retained much of their Southerness and lent an American flavor to Brazilian culture.

This book, first published in 1985, details the background of the exodus and describes the life of twentieth-century descendants, who have a strong link to both Southern history and to modern Brazil. Southern ways have melded into Brazilian and both are linked by the unbreakable bonds of history, as shown in this account.

I highly recommend this book.
 

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The descendents of this group call themselves the Confederados. They send a delegation up here once a year to tour battlefields, etc.
 
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There was also a significant contingent of ex confederates in what is now modern day Belize - formerly British Honduras. See Confederate Settlements in British Honduras, Donald C. Simmons, Jr. (McFarland 2001). Really interesting read as to one option folks took to flee from the results of the war.
 

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I had to wait a long time for book from my main library. I want to buy it but will have to find out more. The author Eugene C. Harter died in 2010, The book is published by Texas A&M University Press. Maybe copies can be obtained thorough them. It was published by them in 2000. Previously it was published by University Press of Mississippi. The authors ancestors were from both Texas and Mississippi.

Claude Thanks for posting videos. The presentation on Kentucky Life was very good. Sometimes the KET station that shows its presentation makes videos of them.
 
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Mr Harter lived nearby and I had the pleasure of meeting him once. Another book on the subject is "The Elusive Eden: Frank McMullan's Confederate Colony in Brazil" by Griggs. My family is a large Texas/Mississippi family and we had kin head to Brazil after the war....be neat to meet them. :smile:
 

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oldpete63 Did you ever get book? I want to buy one. I told my UDC chapter about it Sat., March 3rd. Everyone is going to read it and then we going to discuss at our May meeting. I have really enjoyed the book and want one for my library.
 
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oldpete63 Did you ever get book? I want to buy one. I told my UDC chapter about it Sat., March 3rd. Everyone is going to read it and then we going to discuss at our May meeting. I have really enjoyed the book and want one for my library.
Sorry, Donna - still waiting - from a private seller - said they sent it :frown:
 

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This book is worth reading. There is also a member of my chapter of Daughters of the Confederacy who has ancestors that went to Brazil after the war. One is her great great grandfather. I am hoping she gives talk on this for our group.

My chapter also read this book together and had program on it.
 

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There is also a member of my chapter of Daughters of the Confederacy who has ancestors that went to Brazil after the war. One is her great great grandfather. I am hoping she gives talk on this for our group.
Did she do that?
 


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