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|Old Blu wrote:
My only question to this is why didn't huge numbers of slaves escape instead of going back South? There were some that escaped but there were also some Confederate white soldiers that stayed north.
Escaping would have been easier in theory than in practice. Keep in mind that those 7000-10,000 slaves are surrounded by 50,000+ armed soldiers. Some could, and I would imagine did, escape, likely in ones and twos to avoid notice. It would be easier to get lost in the crowd, become inconspicuous, etc. An escape attempt en masse, though, would have been noticed immediately.