- Dec 30, 2005
This is what I expected. "Accounts are not difficult to find" -but most of the sources are inaccessible and no specifics are given. Certainly you can quote us a passage or two from the accounts of Schofield, Risedorph, Anderson or the "Morrill Diaries."I mentioned specifically the Meridian & The March to the Sea Campaign for sources referencing murdered slaves, to include women & children locked into their cabins/shacks and them burned around them. Accounts are not difficult to find, but you have to be willing to look and able to look at documentation that doesn't fit what you want to believe.
Cpl Schofield as well as a Sgt Risedorph both of the 4th MN VI make mention of the burned slave cabins in Mississippi. Cpl Schofields diares/letters are in a private collection. Sgt Risedorph's are in the MNHS
Peter Anderson Papers & IIRC the "Morrill Diaries"also of the 4th MN mentions murdered slaves during the March to the Sea, IIRC it was one of these two who describe finding a destroyed camp of runaways during the March to the Sea and not being able to bury the dead in a clearing in the piney woods of Georgia he also mentions finding "Baby Freedom." Both available at the MNHS
A more recent read that includes reference to murdered slaves in Mississippi in particular was The State of Jones, not one of the better works in recent times IMO but not alone in referencing slaves being murdered.
Eric Foner makes mention of the murder of slaves not being considered murder being considered the same kind of property as a horse. http://www.ericfoner.com
"A more recent read that includes reference to murdered slaves in Mississippi in particular was The State of Jones"
I looked through this book and found no account of murdered slaves.