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Fugitive Federals

Fugitive Federals

Between 1862 and 1865 thousands of Union prisoners escaped the Confederacy, often with the help of slaves. These fugitive whites, having been confined to prisons and often held to forced labor, reached Union lines with a deeper appreciation both for freedom and for the slaves who had helped them find it. In addition to documenting these stories and making them more available, Lorien Foote's "Fugitive Federals" intends to map their points and routes of escape, effectively mapping the collapse of Confederate authority as the rebellion died from within.

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