Civil War & Reconstruction Trail to Freedom Stars and Stripes

Stars and Stripes

John Washington observed the continuing stream of other escaped enslaved people, dubbed “contrabands,” (based on liberal interpretation of orders allowing “contraband of war” to be “confiscated”) into the Stafford camps. He wrote, “Day after day the slaves came into camp and every where that the ‘Stars and Stripes’ waved they seemed to know freedom had dawned to the slave.”