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The Last BattlegroundThe Civil War Comes to North Carolina$
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Philip Gerard

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781469649566

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469649566.001.0001

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The Last Hurrah of the Slavers

The Last Hurrah of the Slavers

(p.272) 38 The Last Hurrah of the Slavers
The Last Battleground

Philip Gerard

University of North Carolina Press

In 1864, with the war going badly for the CSA, coastal slave-holders move their slaves to inland counties, where-because of manpower shortages-their labor fetches a premium. Speculators invest in slaves as a commodity, reaping large profits if they time the market right. Thus counties that had relatively few slaves before the war are now heavily populated with them. As news of the war reaches the enslaved blacks, more and more are acting defiant, anticipating the day of liberation. They actively subvert the Confederacy, aid escaping U.S. soldiers, and (according the one slave-holder) act in a “general spirit of devilment.” Liberation indeed comes, in the form of blue-coated troops, and the “investment” walks away to freedom.

Keywords:   Slave Trade, Andrew Johnstone, John W. Woodfin, Nicholas Washington Woodfin, Col. George Bower, David L. Swain, Mary Anderson, Rufus Lenoir, Walter Lenoir, Thomas Lenoir

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