“You will do well to employ them” – Gideon Welles
The Maritime Underground Railroad, African Americans, Freedom, & The US Navy
Ayers, Ed. “Seeing Emancipation Scale and Freedom in the American South,” Journal of the Civil War Era, Vol. 1, No. 1 (March 2011), pp. 3-24.
NPS Database – a chart created for those joining the squadrons (Navy)
Master’s Thesis – One Good Port, Dan Blair
Official Records of the Navy – discussion of the contribution of ‘contraband,’ and Welles’ response to S.P. Lee.
Procure – Tomblin, Barbara Brooks. Bluejackets & Contrabands: African Americans and the Union Navy, (Kentucky UP, 2009).
- Incredibly, over 600 human beings risked their lives and took to the river by any means possible to reach the North Atlantic Blockading Squadron – many to join the Union Navy. Describe the contributions of African Americans as informants and sailors.
- Describe life for an average black sailor during the Civil War – do you think it contrasted considerably with life in the army?
- William Benjamin Gould was an incredible person – describe his life and what it meant historically.
Zoom PP Lecture:
The Cape Fear River as a Maritime Underground Railroad