A Community within a Community / ~150 Years Ago—Contraband

A Community within a Community / ~150 Years Ago—Contraband (HM2AUS)

Location: St. Louis, MO 63123 St. Louis County
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Country: United States of America
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N 38° 33.146', W 90° 21.101'

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A Community within a Community

Surrounding this slave plantation in the 1850s were other large properties that were also dependent on slave labor. Interwoven with these were smaller tracts of land where family members accomplished all the labor. 12 miles to the north-east was St. Louis, a diverse city with white residents, enslaved African-Americans, free African-Americans and many immigrants from primarily European countries.

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~150 Years Ago—Contraband

During the Civil War as Union troops moved into communities where slave labor was used, many of the enslaved men, women and children fled the plantations for the Union lines. As slaves they were considered property and thus called contraband of war. The men often volunteered to assist the Union Army first as paid labor and later as soldiers.

During the Vicksburg campaign General Ulysses S. Grant's camp had so many African American men, women and children that he appointed John Eaton to be Superintendent of Contrabands. Grant gave directions to what the men and women could be assigned to do and according to Eaton he went on to say, "it would be very easy to put a musket in his hands and make a soldier out of him and if he fought well, eventually to put the ballot in his

hand and make him a citizen."
Placed ByUlysses S. Grant National Historic Site
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Date Added Monday, August 27th, 2018 at 8:04am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)15S E 730778 N 4270436
Decimal Degrees38.55243333, -90.35168333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 38° 33.146', W 90° 21.101'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds38° 33' 8.76" N, 90° 21' 6.0599999999999" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)314, 636
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 9060 Whitehaven Dr, St. Louis MO 63123, US
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