Kinsearching December 31, 2006




Marleta Childs
P. O. Box 6825
LUBBOCK, TX 79493-6825

     As another year begins, many people follow the standard practice of making resolutions to start something new or to do something in a different way. Genealogists and historians often discover that their research leads them into new or different areas or information from what they expected to find. An example is the data unearthed by John O'Donnell-Rosales in his book HISPANIC CONFEDERATES, now available in a new third edition.

     Although it is not generally acknowledged, thousands of men of Hispanic ancestry fought on behalf of the Confederacy during the American Civil War. As a result of the Spanish colonial settlement of the Gulf Coast states and Mexican control of the territories that were to become Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona, a significant number of Hispanic-Americans were affected by the outbreak of the conflict. As the author explains in his introduction, many of these individuals--including businessmen and sailors living in cities like New Orleans, St. Louis, Natchez, Biloxi, and Mobile--had to choose between their cultural aversion to slavery (which had been outlawed in Latin America prior to 1860) and the desire to protect their way of life in the South.

     After consulting a variety of sources, which encompassed numerous Confederate rosters, O'Donnell-Rosales compiled his groundbreaking list--the only comprehensive roster of Hispanic Confederate military personnel in print. In this new edition the slate of men has grown to 6,175, a number nearly twice as large as those identified in the first edition. Although most served in the infantry, artillery, or cavalry, a small number served as naval and marine corps personnel. Backgrounds of the men ranged far and wide:

1) Sephardic Jews whose ancestors were expelled from Spain in 1492;
2) mestizos of Spanish/Indian ancestry who joined many of the Texas regular and militia units;
3) mulattos of Spanish/African descent;
4) soldiers of Asian lineage whose forebears had emigrated from the Philippines to Louisiana and other places along the Gulf of Mexico;
5) Minorcans whose ancestors had intermarried with Italians, Corsicans, and Greeks and had settled in Florida when it was under British rule; and
6) white Spaniards.

A few men who did not have Hispanic surnames were included because their mothers were confirmed to be of Hispanic descent.

     Names of the Hispanic Confederates are arranged in alphabetical order. For each person the author gives his rank and unit. In many cases he also provides details about the individual's tour of duty (for example, "Confederate Spy in Baltimore from 1861-1862" or "captured on the Blockade Runner Stingaree off the Brazos River, TX"). A bibliography of both primary and secondary sources used to compile the roster completes the volume. Libraries will want to add this new expanded edition of HISPANIC CONFEDERATES to their collections of Civil War history and genealogy.

     The 154-page paperback costs $19.50. To the book's price, buyers should add the cost for postage and handling charges. For U. S. postal mail, the cost is $4 for one book and $2.00 for each additional copy; for UPS, the cost is $6 for one copy and $2.50 for each additional book. The volume (item order #9362) may be purchased by check, MasterCard, or Visa from Clearfield Company, 3600 Clipper Mill Rd., Suite 260, Baltimore, Maryland 21211 (for phone orders, call toll free 1-800-296-6687; fax 1-410-752-8492; website

     Charles N. Ferguson, 811 South Market, Shawnee, OK 74801 is seeking information about Nina Lorine GREEN/GREENE, who may have been born in Madison Co., TX, about 1920-1922. Her grandfather was a FERGUSON from Madison County. Nina married Marsell PATTERSON in 1942 in Many, LA.