Friday, January 18, 2013

General Curtis Confiscates Three Contrabands

ST. LOUIS, March 31. – Gen. Curtis issued the following special order dated Headquarters Army of the South West, March 26:  “Charley Morton, Hamilton Kannada and Alfando Lewis, colored men formerly slaves employed in the rebel service and taken as contrabands of war, are hereby confiscated, and not being needed in public service, are permitted to pass the pickets of this command northward without let or hindrance, and are forever emancipated from service of masters who allowed them to aid in efforts to break up the Government and laws of our country.”

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 5, 1862, p. 4

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