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Bluejackets and Contrabands: African Americans and the Union Navy

Barbara Brooks Tomblin


One of the lesser-known stories of the Civil War is the role played by escaped slaves in the Union blockade along the Atlantic coast. From the beginning of the war, many African American refugees sought avenues of escape to the North. Due to their sheer numbers, those who reached Union forces presented a problem for the military. The problem was partially resolved by the First Confiscation Act of 1861, which permitted the seizure of property used in support of the South's war effort, including slaves. Eventually regarded as contraband of war, the runaways became known as contrabands. This book ... More

Keywords: Civil War, slaves, Union blockage, African Americans, First Confiscation Act, Union Navy, Union cause

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780813125541
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125541.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Brooks Tomblin, author