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  • Dr. Cowboy

    Contraband wasn’t a legal term as much as it was a degrading term coined by Gen. Butler to runaway slaves that come under his control. Slaves were considered property and applying the logic could be seen as war materials. He put them to work digging entrenchments without compensation. The Emancipation did not free the slaves in Louisiana where the Federals had control. It only free the slaves in Confederate controlled territory.

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