Confederate slave hunt in the North a military disgrace.

damYankee

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I discovered this article and thought with the heated discussion about Sherman's March it would be better to start a new discussion about the other side of the story ,


In June 1863, when Brig. Gen. Albert Jenkins' cavalry, in the vanguard of the Confederate army, galloped into Pennsylvania, its aim wasn't only to spy and steal supplies.

The soldiers were also determined, as historian Margaret Creighton notes, to round up African-Americans, whom the Confederates regarded as "contraband" that should be returned to "rightful" owners.

The "slave hunt," as contemporaries and later historians called this phase of the Confederate invasion, would last as long as Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia remained in Pennsylvania. It ended only when the defeated Southern troops retreated back to Virginia after the Battle of Gettysburg.

Read the rest of the article here,

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/s...orth-a-military-disgrace/stories/201306300221
 

unionblue

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I discovered this article and thought with the heated discussion about Sherman's March it would be better to start a new discussion about the other side of the story ,


In June 1863, when Brig. Gen. Albert Jenkins' cavalry, in the vanguard of the Confederate army, galloped into Pennsylvania, its aim wasn't only to spy and steal supplies.

The soldiers were also determined, as historian Margaret Creighton notes, to round up African-Americans, whom the Confederates regarded as "contraband" that should be returned to "rightful" owners.

The "slave hunt," as contemporaries and later historians called this phase of the Confederate invasion, would last as long as Gen. Robert E. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia remained in Pennsylvania. It ended only when the defeated Southern troops retreated back to Virginia after the Battle of Gettysburg.

Read the rest of the article here,

https://www.post-gazette.com/news/s...orth-a-military-disgrace/stories/201306300221

@damYankee ,

The article is an "oldie but a goodie" and has been presented here on the forum once or twice.

Thanks for digging it up and presenting it again.

Sincerely,
Unionblue
 

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