Comments for: Maine soldier sent wishes for merry Christmas, happy emancipation

Posted Dec. 24, 2012, at 1:18 p.m.
Last modified March 20, 2014, at 9:53 a.m.

After feasting on roast goose and sipping hot coffee priced at 70 cents per pound, a soldier from Co. A, 14th Maine Infantry, contently watched Ol’ Man River roll past on Christmas Day 1862. “To-day [Thursday], as you see, is Christmas. I wish you all a merry one,” the soldier …

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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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