Tag Archives: self-emancipation

The Contrabands

Captain Orlando Poe insists, to Parthenia Leila Ellis’s irritation, upon calling the slave/servants he conscripts for work on Fort Sanders and other parts of the Union’s defensive perimeter “contrabands.” It had been common usage in the Union army from the … Continue reading

Posted in "Knoxville 1863", Orlando Poe, Parthenia Leila Ellis, Slavery | Tagged , , | Leave a comment