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Voices of the Civil War Episode 0003 Contraband

In Voices of the Civil War, Episode 3, Contraband, we look at the flight of African Americans to northern lines to find freedom and fight with the Union Army. Three enslaved blacks, Frank Baker, Shepard Mallory, and James Townsend, flee to Union lines where General Benjamin Butler coins the term, “Contraband of war,” and begins a new policy known as the Confiscation Act.

Image Credit: Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, [LC-DIG-stereo-1s02760]

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