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(animated stereo) Union soldiers with "contraband", 1862 | by Thiophene_Guy
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(animated stereo) Union soldiers with "contraband", 1862

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Details and History

The Library of Congress website offers a multitude of historical images, many with no known restrictions on use. This image is from the 19th century James F. Gibson stereograph titled Cumberland Landing, Virginia. Group at Mr. Foller's farm. Liberated slaves were treated as contraband or captured property at this time. The confiscation act of 1861 allowed seizing Confederate property but did not clarify the fate of captured slaves. One Union general gained notoriety for general order No. 11 which freed all slaves in areas under his control. President Lincoln countermanded this order amid concerns of the political consequences in four slave holding border states that remained in the Union. Two months after this image was taken President Lincoln proposed the emancipation proclamation, which freed slaves in Confederate territories only.

 

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Copyright Advisory

The purpose here is not to duplicate the original image, from the Library of Congress website, but to generate a downloadable animated gif to assist viewing and presentation. The original image has no known restrictions on use: www.loc.gov/pictures/item/cwp2003005950/PP/ .

 

Technical trivia

Image manipulations and gif generation done with StereoPhotoMaker, a freeware program by Masuji Suto & David Sykes.

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Taken in May 1862