Monthly Archives: November 2011

The Liberation of Port Royal

November 7, 1861, was a momentous day in the history of emancipation during the American Civil War. On that day, a combined Union naval and army amphibious force captured Port Royal, South Carolina. Roughly halfway between Charleston, South Carolina, and … Continue reading

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The Contraband Flood Spreads

What started as an isolated occurrences in Spring 1861, by Fall 1861 became more widespread. The phenomena in question was slaves seeking sanctuary with the Union army. It had begun in March that year with a few bold slaves making … Continue reading

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A Long Overdue Honor

As reported by Adam Goodheart in the most recent┬áDisunion┬áblog at the New York Times, yesterday, November 1, 2011, President Barack Obama designated Fortress Monroe as a national monument. This designation, which places the fort under the control of the National … Continue reading

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