struggling to be free

Truly an amazing time in American History.  I cannot imagine what these people went through and what they felt like.

struggling to be free

Cumberland Landing, Virginia Group of contrabands at Foller’s house. It was created in 1862

Slaves seized their freedom during the Civil War before Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation. These former Virginia slaves escaped to the Union lines in 1862. Termed “contraband,” a word that underscored their status as property, escaped slaves both deprived the South of much-needed labor and presented Union leaders with the problem of how to respond to them.

Brandy Station, Virginia, Scouts and guides of the Army of the Potomac, 1864

Brandy Station, Virginia, Scouts and guides of the Army of the Potomac, 1864

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Foller House at Cumberland Landing Virginia. Army of the Potomac Secret Service Men.  1864

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