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Meet Mike Maxwell—Researcher Extraordinaire! (pt. 5)

postscript to a series Mike Maxwell and I met on the Emerging Civil War blog. Many of you will recognize his name from the “Reply” section. Luckily for me—and for Abraham—Mr. Maxwell was as fascinated by the story of the … Continue reading

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And Then What Happened?: Abraham After 1863 (pt.4)

part four of a series Wait just a moment! A letter from P. T. Barnum? Really? And no discussion? Have no fear. Two topics need to be looked at in depth before the subject of Abraham is exhausted, and one … Continue reading

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Abraham’s Fifteen Minutes of Fame (pt. 3)

part three of a series Enslaved Abraham became Free Abraham in a matter of seconds. His body arched over the line from the Confederate 3rd Louisiana Redan to the Union 81st Illinois Volunteer Infantry. As the men in blue helped … Continue reading

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Just Who Was Abraham? (pt. 2)

part two in a series Before the war, there was an enslaved man called Abraham. His last name was unknown. Here is what is known: The black man known as Abraham was between 18-25 years old at the time of … Continue reading

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A Little Justice Here, Folks! (pt. 1)

part one of a series On February 6 of this year, I wrote a blog post about Abraham, a formerly enslaved person who was “blown to freedom” at Vicksburg. I found something very compelling about this man. He is young, … Continue reading

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“Blowed to Freedom!”: Abraham and the Vicksburg Mine

Every February ECW does a series of posts about African Americans and the Civil War. There are many from which to choose, but I have made it my mission, as it were, to find those who are not as well … Continue reading

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