Publisher to fix Confederate error, print new book

Fourth-grade reader that claimed thousands of black troops fought for the South will be corrected and reprinted

Published October 26, 2010 4:45PM (EDT)

The publisher of a Virginia textbook is printing revised editions to correct a passage that wrongly claims thousands of black troops fought for the Confederacy.

Five Ponds Press says it will begin printing the new edition for fourth-graders early next year.

The new version of "Our Virginia: Past and Present" will correct a sentence that inaccurately claims that black troops fought under Stonewall Jackson, an assertion historians overwhelmingly say is unproven. It also will replace a photo of a brown bear that is not native to Virginia.

Until the new version is printed, the Daily Press reports that the publisher is offering white stickers to cover the inaccurate sentence.


Information from: Daily Press,

By Associated Press

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