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UNION SOLDIERS BURN REBELLIOUS SLAVES' HOMES Excellent content Union soldier's letter describing an attack made by freed slaves on Union soldiers who had liberated land upon which the slaves had lived, 2pp. 4to., St. Helena Island, SC, Feb. 11, 1863. John A. Smith of Co. A, 67th Ohio Vols. writes his brother, in part: "...There haint a white man a living on this island that lived here when the war broke out they are all gone to war but there is plenty of negroes and they are ugly and mean. The other night one of the 8th New Jersey boys were passing by a negroe plantation and one of them came out and shot at the 8th New Jersey boy and slightly wounded him and the next night a lot of the 8th boys went and burnt every house to the ground. I tell you the soldiers and negroes cant agree. I tell you three fourth of them say they had rather be with their master than to be free. They say they have better living and better cloth with their master than they do now. Jacob I tell you the negro is made for a slave, they know how to work and that is all, if they would raise anything they wouldn't know enough to take care of it. If you hear any body say that a negro had aught to be free tell them they never saw slaves and they haint any better than a negro...". Very good. Following the fall of Fort Walker, slaves on this Sea Island off the coast of South Carolina were liberated and immediate steps were taken to help improve their lot. Apparently, Union efforts were found to be unsatisfactory at this early stage of the game.
Estimate $ 400-600

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