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 Posted: Sat Sep 6th, 2008 03:44 am
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44th VA INF wrote:
I dont realy agee onthat statement there were only 3 freemen taken back to the confedracy and i t wsas by some rich farmer offiecer because i know genral lee would not have alowwed this and plus shermen was way worse in geoirgia

If that's the case, then Lee didn't know what was going on in his own command, which is highly doubtful.

This comes from Stephen Sear's book 'Gettysburg', pp. 111-112:

"Slave-catching, whether or not it was officially sanctioned, was without question widely and officially tolerated. ...Longstreet's adjutant, in a dispatch to General PIckett, made note that 'The captured contrabands had better be brought along with you for further disposition.' The number of free or fugitive blacks condemned to slavery during these weeks can only be estimated, but widespread testimony suggests that it was in the hundreds. Of various ugly incidents stemming from Lee's Pennsylvania invasion, this was surely the ugliest."

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