Morning Mustering

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“Morning mustering of the ‘Contrabands’ at Fortress Monroe, on their way to their day’s work. As a living illustration of one of the aspects of the Civil War, a sketch is given above of the contrabands, [African Americans], going to their daily work at Fortress Monroe. The variety of the Ethiopian countenance is capitally given, and while some remind us of the merry phiz of George Christy in his sable mood, others wear the ponderous gravity of a New Jersey justice. The [African American] men had a comparatively pleasant time under their state of contraband existence."— Frank Leslie, 1896


Frank Leslie Famous Leaders and Battle Scenes of the Civil War (New York, NY: Mrs. Frank Leslie, 1896)


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