Category Archives: Runaways

January 5, 1865: Foolish slaves, running off

The Richmond Daily Dispatch reprints an article from Mississippi depicting the terrible disillusionment of the freed slaves. The article seems to be about half hearsay and half imagining the mental state of people who were willing to risk any hardship … Continue reading

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June 7, 1864: A faithful slave?

The Richmond Daily Dispatch delivers the touching story of a slave who rats on the Yankees. Appearing in a paper that daily runs multiple ads for slaves who have run away to the Yankee lines, it provides a straw for … Continue reading

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April 19, 1864: Runaways

As I’ve noted before, I usually skip over the Richmond Daily Dispatch’s “runaways” section, which tends to be the same every day. Once in a while I see an ad that is particularly poignant. In this case, there are a … Continue reading

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March 8, 1864: Black troops, and slaves deserting to the north

A couple of items today in the Richmond Daily Dispatch shed light on northern and southern attitudes toward African-Americans. First, we see that four black Union soldiers have been captured, and “very properly” are housed in cells with their white … Continue reading

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February 10, 1864: Are black soldiers “deserters” from the south?

Exchange of prisoners broke down in 1863 because Lincoln insisted that black and white Union soldiers be treated the same. The New York Times says that the Confederates are trying to get the Union to concede a distinction between free … Continue reading

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January 6, 1864: Runaways

The Richmond Daily Dispatch runs ads asking for information about runaways every day. I don’t usually notice them that much, but this set had one that caught my attention. Consider Martha, 28 years old with “dark complexion,” who ran away … Continue reading

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