It shows that where the Union army went, slaves left the plantations. Obviously, the army didn't go near every slave, or even a majority of the slaves. So about 20-25,000 slaves left their farms and plantations and followed Sherman on his march. That was one army group. Add to that all the contraband camps. Still not anywhere near even a quarter of the slaves in the confederacy, but still a LOT of people. There were so many they overwhelmed the government's ability to support them properly. And still they kept on coming.
Wrong again. Home guard units and slave patrols kept security. Also, the confederate government provided that one white man was exempt from conscription if he had at least 20 slaves to control. Later in the war that was reduced to 15 slaves.
I can't believe you posted that website. There is nothing proven there and the book starts off saying so.
Show another source and then I will be closer to believing the story.
You don't understand what it says.
The article is a review of a book that talks about what happened at Second Creek. There was a conspiracy among some slaves to have a revolt. This conspiracy was discovered and brutally put down with torture and murder.
When she says, "he cannot, as he concedes at the outset, really tell the story of a slave conspiracy at Second Creek. He hopes instead, he says, to offer a 'tapestry' or 'something of a story,'" she [and he] is telling us that he can't tell us the full story of what happened, only the outlines. That the plan was still in its infancy when it was discovered doesn't invalidate the fact that there were slaves who were in the initial stages of a rebellion when it was found out.
Here are some more [the list includes the Second Creek uprising]
In Greensboro, Alabama, there was an insurrection of the slaves assisted by five white men. Four whites were killed and 16 African Americans hanged on the charge of making insurrection [Moore, The Rebellion Records, I, 12, (Poetry and Incidents].
TWO SLAVES AND A GIRL HANGED FOR INSURRECTION
Early in June of 1861, a plan of insurrection was reported among the slaves in Monroe County, Arkansas. The plans called for the murder of all whites and in the case of resistance, the women and children were also to be killed. Several slaves were arrested. Two men and one girl was hanged [Georgia Lee Tatum, Disloyalty in the Confederacy. Chapel Hill, 1934, p. 38].
SECOND CREEK PLOT AT NATCHEZ TO KILL THE WHITES
The Second Creek plot at Natchez to kill white males and take the women as wives. When authorities learned what slaves were plotting they acted quickly and decisively by hanging every individual implicated. At least 27 slaves were hanged. The Confederate provost marshal at Natchez reported early in 1862 that 40 slaves had been hanged within that year for insurrectionary activities. Scholars will never know the exact number of insurrections just before and during the Civil War, because state governments did not reimburse owners of slaves executed at the orders of the extralegal courts. There was no official accounting because the “vigilance committees” kept quiet, and no one involved shared information on the counting of the bodies.
SERIOUS SLAVE REVOLT NEAR THIBODEAUX, LOUISIANA
About fifteen miles from Thibodeaux, Louisiana a serious slave insurrection occurred in November, which had initiated fears of a general uprising [Brigadier-General G. Weitzel to Asst. Adjutant-General G. C. Strong, November 6, 1862 in Official Reports of the Rebellion, Series I, vol. XV, p. 172].
GENERAL BUTLER REPORTS SLAVE INSURRECTION
General Butler, while stationed in New Orleans reported a slave insurrection on August 2, 1862: “An insurrection broke out among the negroes, a few miles up the river, which caused the women of that neighborhood to apply to an armed boat, belonging to us, passing down, for aid; and the incipient revolt was stopped by informing the negroes that we should repel an attack by them upon the women and children.” [New York Daily Tribune, August 14, 1862].
FIVE SLAVES HANGED FOR KILLING THEIR MASTER
In Lynchburg, Virginia, five slaves were hanged for murdering their master General Dillard [The Richmond Sentinel, June 25, 1863}.
SLAVES REBEL IN RICHMOND, VIRGINIA
In May of 1863, a revolt occurred among slaves working at iron works in Richmond, Virginia. Only the leaders were punished [Aptheker: 1943, 366; also in Kathleen Bruce, Virginia Iron Manufacture in the Slave Era, p.399].
18 IMPRISONED FOR ATTEMPTED INSURRECTION
In October in Hancock County, Georgia 18 slaves were imprisoned for attempting insurrection. Few details are known about this plot
SLAVE BURNT YAZOO CITY, MISSISSIPPI
In June, 1864, slaves burnt a section of Yazoo City, including 14 houses and the courthouse. It was with great difficulty that the slaves were prevented for burning the entire city [The Richmond Sentinel, June 2, 1864].
SLAVES GIVE MASTER FIVE HUNDRED LASHES
On a plantation in Choctaw County, Mississippi the slaves rebelled and turn the table of their master Nat Best, giving him 500 lashes [The Richmond Sentinel, June 2, 1864].
SLAVE REBELS AND RUN TOWARD UNION LINES
Early in 1864 in South Carolina an uprising of slaves occurred with the aim of getting to the Union forces. The revolt was suppressed by detachments of the Confederate Army [Letter of Major T. W. Brevard, dated Camp Finnegan, East Florida, April 2, 1863; Major W. P. Emanuel, dated between Ashepoo and Combahee, June 6, 1863 in Official Records of the Rebellion, Series I, vol. XIV, pp. 303, 401].
Where have you ever proven that hosptial ships under the guise of doing medical work were used in offensive operations.. The only thing you showed was that one ship was used, but never showed that it was disgusied as doing medical work.. And why wouldn't they be armed agasint partizans and bushwackers ?
Why do you keep referring to them as bushwackers or partisans, when they were just as likely Confederate soldiers? It was a war zone.
I showed where the Red Rover transported Sherman's troops to battle and then loaded the wounded afterwards. The entire time with a great big USN HOSPITAL plastered on its' sides. It wasn't disguised at all.