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ABOUT US

CONFEDERATE HISTORICAL ASSOCIATION OF BELGIUM

ABOUT US

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The Confederate Historical Association of Belgium (CHAB) is an association founded in 1972 as a non-profit organization. It is a documentation and research center with the principal vocation of encouraging and promoting literary studies, theses and scholarly work on the history of the United States in the XIXth century and, in particular, of the American Civil War which opposed the Southern and Northern states from 1861 to 1865. Our aim is to convey an objective approach to historical facts and to emphasize on the economic and political causes of a war that many tend to consider as a simple crusade against slavery.

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The CHAB cannot be associated in any way with extremist groups using the flag or other symbols specific to the old Confederate States to promote a racist ideology. Moreover, we do not take part in reenactment activities. The association regroups historians, history buffs and collectors of military and civil artifacts dating from the American Civil War. We maintain close contacts with the Center for American Studies of the Royal Library of Belgium. We also correspond with several American universities, societies, museums, Round Tables of the North and South as well as associations of descendants of veterans of the Civil War.

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Our former honorary president, Prince Victor Mansfield de Polignac, who died at the age of 99, was the last living son of Confederate General Camille de Polignac who distinguished himself at the battle of Mansfield during the Red River campaign.

The current president of honor of our association is Mrs. Ethel Seabrook Nepveux, an historian residing in Charleston (South Carolina) and a direct descendant of George Trenholm, the last Secretary of the Treasury of the Confederacy and well-known boss of Fraser & Trenholm Co. of Charleston and Liverpool. Mrs. Nepveux is the author of George A. Trenholm, Financial Genius of the Confederacy and has also written several articles especially for the CHAB News.

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Many historians are/were members of the CHAB and active contributors to the association:  

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      - in Belgium, Francis Balace, professor of contemporary history at the University of Liege, the author of two books on Belgium and the American Civil War.

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      - in the United States, Mr. Lee Kenneth is the author of many historical articles that appeared in various quarterlies. He has published important books such as Marching through Georgia, Gettysburg and Sherman. Mrs. Elizabeth Steger Trindal, recently deceased, has published Mary Surratt, an American Tragedy and several articles for the CHAB News. She resided in the Shenandoah Valley, Virginia. Dr. Donald Collins is an ex-associate professor of history emeritus at East Carolina University. He has contributed many articles to our quarterly and has published his latest book The Death and Resurrection of Jefferson Davis. Historian Stephen R. Wise is the author of the famous Lifeline of the Confederacy, Blockade Running During the Civil War.

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.    - Moreover, we had the privilege of counting among our members Baron Henri Bernard, professor at the Royal Military School of Belgium, and Ralph Newman, both who are unfortunately deceased. The latter was the reference for all that concerns President Lincoln.