Browsing All posts tagged under »slaves«

… and they were all Southern, alike.

September 21, 2010 by

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I’ve said it before… the South does not equal the Confederacy. In fact, Southerness in general is not a reflection of the Confederacy. Southerness existed before the Confederacy… Southerness was and is the culture. Modern Confederateness, on the other hand, is a culture unto itself and is not to be confused as dominant over Southerness, […]

A Virginia slave in pursuit of freedom

June 3, 2010 by

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I just finished reading something about John M. Washington, a slave who spent some time in Staunton, Virginia in the mid-1850s. To me, finding any account of a slave, for any amount of time in the Valley, is refreshing as it adds new dimensions to an understanding of what life was like here. Regretfully, I […]

A snowball effect: the continued propagation of bad history in Confederate History Month in Va.

April 21, 2010 by

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It just continues to get worse. As Kevin pointed out in a post yesterday, the S.C.V. camp in Harrisonburg/Rockingham County placed a proclamation in the Harrisonburg Daily New Record. Rockingham isn’t my home county, but I do have ancestry (including one third great grandfather in Co. A of the 58th Virginia Militia, and several cousins […]

The Border State Representatives Respond to Lincoln’s Appeal

January 4, 2010 by

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The following is a response to the appeal made by Lincoln (in this blog post from December) prior to the Emancipation Proclamation. It appeared on the same page, immediately following the President’s appeal, in the July 30, 1862 edition of the Hagerstown Herald of Freedom of Torch Light. Reply of the Majority. The following paper […]

On the opinion that the Emancipation Proclamation didn’t free any slaves…

December 18, 2009 by

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I’m somewhat embarrassed by it, but until late this past summer, I didn’t realize that Maryland took action to free slaves in the state… and yes, this happened before the end of the Civil War. I’ve been looking into this a bit more and mostly following the flow of thoughts and events through the wartime […]

Clarification about the decline in slave numbers in Washington County, Maryland

October 21, 2009 by

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I realized that I should probably clarify something in my post from the other day, that the decline of slave numbers in Washington County should not be thought of in terms of attributable to manumissions alone. It should not be misconstrued as some “Utopia” for slaves, as there were some who continued to escape North […]

John Minor Botts shares some thoughts on John Brown’s raid… and a little more

October 19, 2009 by

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I’ll get back to my thread of posts on Southern Unionism in western Maryland (which began here), but today, considering the 150th anniversary events surrounding John Brown’s raid over the past weekend, I want to post something rooted in thoughts of the raid. Actually, while scrolling through the old CW-era Hagerstown newspapers this weekend, I […]

An intersection of streets named “Presidents” and “Lincoln”… in Savannah!?

June 17, 2009 by

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It’s one of a number of ironies and interesting things I’ve seen and heard this week. I had hoped to post photos, but will try to get some online tomorrow… it just ain’t happenin’ tonight. What I have seen and what I have heard… lots of interesting stuff. 1) I’m still puzzled why two fine […]

Blacks and whites in non-soldier roles with the Confederate army

May 21, 2009 by

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I think there is something that is missed in all of these discussions about blacks in “service” roles with the Confederate army. Let me be more clear. We know there were some in the muster rolls of units, and to spare me the rants of those who completely fail to understand where I am coming […]

When the Confederates seized Mercersburg’s black citizens

May 12, 2009 by

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As a comment to my May 5 post about Mercersburg, Marc asked if the African-American community there was impacted during the 1863 campaign. Of course, as we know and as Marc indicates, the Army of Northern Virginia rounded-up blacks during that campaign and sent them South “back” into slavery. Well, during my “Chambersburg ride” a couple […]

Quote of the day…

April 23, 2009 by

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… not that I actually do a “quote of the day” on any regular basis… but, what follows below is from David Hunter Strother (aka “The Crayon” or “Porte Crayon”), from June 11, 1864, while in Lexington, Virginia. I have to say that he’s one of my favorite Southern Unionists for a couple of reasons. […]

Defining Southern Heritage in Civil War Remembrance

February 15, 2009 by

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If modern Confederate remembrance does not come close to accurately capturing the true definition of Southern heritage in the Civil War era, what does? I’ll be posting on this in the coming week. In the meantime, hat-tip to Kevin at Civil War Memory for making us aware of a YouTube clip, and a “well-done” to […]

Who’s foolin’ who? More on “black Confederates”

February 4, 2009 by

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I was greatly interested in Kevin Levin’s post yesterday about the planned event to honor two “black Confederates” (or is it slaves?) in North Carolina… especially since I was preparing a post addressing my concerns about the way “black Confederates,”  in general, are being represented in remembrance events and “Confederate-friendly” published works. I don’t know enough yet to say […]

A white man remembers slavery in the Shenandoah Valley

February 3, 2009 by

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I was wondering if I could interest the present generation by giving them a little of the history of antebellum days of slavery and how some things were done in by-gone days – things that I know did really happen. Now all I shall tell of will be done without doing violence to the truth […]

Are we limited in our perspectives in the Civil War blogosphere?

January 26, 2009 by

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After reading a comment made in one of my posts from few days ago, I realized something; something that I had really not thought of before. I think it is revealing in terms of how the Web can erase racial barriers. Nonetheless, of all of those who blog in the Civil War blogosphere, who among […]

What’s it like to be the descendant of a slaveholder?

January 21, 2009 by

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It’s interesting how people bond to ancestry and certain aspects of history related to ancestors. However, how often have you heard someone talk about their slaveholding ancestor? There are all sorts of descendant organizations, but is there an organization for the descendants of slaveholders? I’d be surprised if there was, and I certainly can’t imagine anyone […]

In search of plantation culture in the 1860 census

January 16, 2009 by

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Maybe I should have added “where it was and where it wasn’t” to the title of this post. Anyway, I give you the following numbers to consider… State # of slaveholders in 1860 % of owners with only 1 slave % of owners with only 2 slaves % of owners with only 3 slaves % […]

Unavailable data regarding slaveholders in the U.S. from 1790-1860

December 12, 2008 by

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I just put up two posts today (Slave numbers in the Southern States as represented through the U.S. Census & Slave numbers in the Northern States as represented through the U.S. Census) to show the versatility of the Historical Census Database that I mentioned yesterday. There are all sorts of queries possible, but after making the […]

Slave numbers in the Northern States as represented in the U.S. Census

December 12, 2008 by

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Slave numbers in the Northern States, from 1860 back to 1790. State 1860 1850 1840 1830 1820 1810 1800 1790 California N/A N/A – – – – – – Connecticut N/A N/A 54 25 97 310 951 2,648 Delaware 1,798 2,290 2,605 3,292 4,509 4,177 6,153 8,887 Illinois N/A N/A 331 747 917 – – – Indiana […]

Slave numbers in the Southern States as represented through the U.S. Census

December 12, 2008 by

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Number of slaves in the Southern States, from 1860 back to 1790. State 1860 1850 1840 1830 1820 1810 1800 1790 Alabama 435,080 342,844 253,532 117,549 47,449 – – – Arkansas 111,115 47,100 19,935 4,576 – – – – Florida 61,745 39,310 25,717 – – – – – Georgia 462,198 381,682 280,944 217,531 149,656 105,218 […]

Historical Census Browser

December 11, 2008 by

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For those curious about statistics, and those who like to tap into census records for data, you will note that I have placed a link to the University of Virginia Library’s Historical Census Browser in the right hand column (a new column that features Historic Databases on the Web). I’ve been using this link for […]

Testimony of Wesley Norris… and an investigation of the Custis/Lee-Burke story

December 7, 2008 by

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I did not know this… My name is Wesley Norris; I was born a slave on the plantation of George Parke Custis; after the death of Mr. Custis, Gen. Lee, who had been made executor of the estate, assumed control of the slaves, in number about seventy; it was the general impression among the slaves […]

“Imagined memory” and stereotypes as side-effects of Civil War-era art?

November 13, 2008 by

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In response to a comment yesterday, I wrote: … when you have art that is created, not out of interpretation of real events, but based on how an artist imagines an historical person may have reacted in an unreal or imagined scenario, then you have an “imagined presentation.” Is it, at that point really historical art, […]

“Perspectives” on the Civil War

September 3, 2008 by

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Noting two (see 1 & 2 ) different blog posts that mention a relatively recent newspaper article, I began to think about the reasons for giving a “sectional perspective” of the Civil War. In this article there is something about one of the goals of the SCV. Granted, the words appear to be that of the author […]