“NEGROES ESCAPING OUT OF SLAVERY”–SUPERB ILLUSTRATION
Harper’s Weekly, New York
May 7, 1864
This Civil War illustrated newspaper contains an incredible woodcut illustration, “NEGROES ESCAPING OUT OF SLAVERY.” The accompanying article begins, “We present on pag 292 another view of one of the principal features of the war; namely, the escape of negroes, at all points within the rebel lines, from the house of their bondage.” Particularly interesting are the actual quotes of newly-freed slaves leaving their white masters.
FREEDMAN’S VILLAGE, ARLINGTON, VIRGINIA,” is a view of the government-established collection of frame homes for the use of the contrabands, who can also farm the land around them for food. Sojourner Truth was a nurse in the Village for awhile writing a number of letters that were published in abolitionist newspapers.
The graphic print on the front cover, “UNION SCOUTS IN LOUISIANA,” shows the scouts on horseback in the bayous of that Confederate State. The men were disgruntled Southerners of all professions gathering information for General Banks.
16 pp., complete and in excellent condition.