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Image of slaves (contrabands) talking to General Benjamin Butler with the description "Volun'eer (sic) Sappers and Miners from the F.F.V or Merchandise Contraband of War." Caption: "Massa Butler, we's jest seceded from Harpers Ferry, whar we larn'd de trade ob making Trenches and Forti'cations. And now if yer wants anything done in dat ar line ob bisness, we's de Niggers to call upon. We borrow'd des yer tools at de Ferry, and if dey is'ent Contraban we's gwine to carry em back at de close ab horsetilities."

Subjects:United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865 | Butler, Benjamin F. (Benjamin Franklin), 1818-1893 | United States, 37.09024, -95.712891
Institution:Howard-Tilton Memorial Library Special Collections (Tulane University)
Contributors:Louisiana Digital Library | Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. Special Collections (Division)
Original Material:

Alfred S. Lippman Collection of Civil War postal covers, Manuscripts Collection 993, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana

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Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U. S. copyright laws.

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