You are looking at a beautiful picture of Culpeper, Virginia "Contrabands". It was created in 1863 by O'Sullivan, Timothy H., 1840-1882.
At the outbreak of the Civil War, Union Officers were under pressure to return escaped or "runaway" slaves to their Southern owners. General Butler coined the term "Contrabands", indicating that as "Property", they were "Contraband of War", and should be treated like any other captured property, i.e., not returned to the South.The picture presents Photograph from the main eastern theater of war, Meade in Virginia, August-November 1863. Shows two African American men sitting in front of a tent, one with cigar and the other with a soup ladle.
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