U.S. Marine Corps Dictionary

Contraband

A slave freed by Union forces during the Civil War. (background) While these slaves were in the South they were legally free. When they passed into the hands of Union forces they were still slaves (the Emancipation Proclamation did not free slaves in the Union). Many of them enlisted into the Army or Navy, but because of their status could serve only in menial positions. Many sailors of the time were free blacks and were treated like any other shipmate, but they would not associate with contrabands. It was only after the Civil War that the Navy was segregated.


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