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  1. 16thVA

    Henrietta B. Lee letter on a slave in Hedgesville fight 1861

    I've seen several of Mrs. Lee's letters selling on Ebay the past few weeks, though I was interested in them I don't have the spare change to indulge. This one has an unusual content and I thought it would interest a few people here. Unfortunately, there is a sheet missing so the story stops...
  2. Wallyfish

    Cost of owning a slave versus free farm worker cost

    Has anyone published an annual cost comparison of a farmer owning a slave versus paying a free man to work the farm? I have always wondered if the decision to be a slave owner was strictly a cost based decision or if other factors such as free man worker availability were the motivating...
  3. Belle Montgomery

    Runaway slave's records honor Confederate dead

    Provided by Chemung County Historical SocietySpectators on a raised walkway view the Confederate POWs at Elmira Prison during the Civil War. Almost 3,000 died, and despite their Southern affiliation, former slave John W. Jones gave each a proper burial and carefully recorded who they were and...
  4. SWMODave

    Her Name Was Redoshi

    She Survived a Slave Ship, the Civil War and the Depression. Her Name Was Redoshi. It has long been believed that a man named Cudjo Lewis was the last living survivor of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in the United States. Now a researcher at Newcastle University in Britain says she has...
  5. luinrina

    Life of a Slave Girl - Harriet Jacobs

    "Patient in tribulation, fervent in spirit serving the Lord" Part 1 Harriet Ann Jacobs was born on February 11, 1813 in Edenton, North Carolina. Her mother was Delilah Horniblow, her father Elijah Jacobs, a skilled carpenter. She had a younger brother named John. They were all slaves...
  6. Eleanor Rose

    Authentic Mrs. Fisher's Gumbo

    Chicken Gumbo (Pinterest) It has taken culinary historians a long time to recognize the central role that African American cooks played in creating what we know today as Southern cuisine. These cooks were there from the very beginning, and their contributions really laid the groundwork by...
  7. Belle Montgomery

    African Slave influence in American English

    Ready For A Linguistic Controversy? Say 'Mhmm' Engraving shows the arrival of a Dutch slave ship with a group of African slaves for sale, Jamestown, Virginia, 1619. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images) Hulton Archive/Getty Images Kumari Devarajan | NPR | August 17, 2018 Pop quiz: What's a word you...
  8. SWMODave

    Good luck go with him!

    Unidentified Boy in Union dress - not related to story Dec 22 (1861) - I have had quite time of it today over our contraband, Jimmy. His master came to camp about noon. I didn't go on battalion drill after dinner, but remained in my quarters, expecting he would be noting around. About 2...
  9. Belle Montgomery

    Is This Plantation Lady Actually Smiling in This Photo?

    Came across this photo and was jarred by what I perceive to be a huge smile on the lady in the foreground. If it's not it looks like she has a mustache under her nose instead of her upper lip. I don't recall too many smiling in photos back then. I also find it interesting because it portrays a...
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