Monthly Archives: June 2011

Frederick Douglass – “The Decision of the Hour”

For Frederick Douglass, Spring 1861 was a time of roller coaster emotions. As described in the May 5 edition of Civil War Emancipation, Douglass’ spirits were low in the early weeks of the Lincoln administration, dismayed by its policies, but … Continue reading

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Ed Ayers Fights the Good Fight on Slavery and Civil War

Civil War Emancipation perhaps has not been as kind to Ed Ayers as he deserves. Back on May 1, I posted an entry critical of Ayers’ piece in Disunion in the New York Times in which he touted the computer analysis he and … Continue reading

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The Contagion Spreads: More Slaves Flee

With Benjamin Butler’s contraband of war policy having received the blessing of the Lincoln administration in late May 1861 it is not surprising that slaves in locations other than around Fortress Monroe, Virginia, began to seek sanctuary with Union troops. … Continue reading

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Disunion on George Scott

There is a fascinating article by Adam Goodheart in the June 9 edition of Disunion in the New York Times. It describes the role of George Scott, a Virginia slave, in the Battle of Big Bethel, the first significant land battle … Continue reading

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