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John Ogee – ‘We Just Up and Joined With Them’

What follows are two separate interviews with former slave and Union veteran John Ogee. Both were conducted in 1937, when Mr. Ogee was 96 years old. Though both cover much the same territory, the second is more detailed. Having both presented together gives us a look into how former slaves

The Civil War – A Conflict By Any Other Name

The American Civil War, like many of its battles, has a multitude of names. Were these all simply different ways to say the same thing? Or were there ideologies behind them? Was the difference between "War of the Rebellion" and "War Between the States" basically the same as the difference

‘And To Let the Negroes Go Free’ – The Questioned Legality of Military Emancipation

Decades after the war, Jefferson Davis complained that the United States army had illegally emancipated the South’s slaves. A fairly brief look at international law as well as precedence set in the Revolutionary War and War of 1812 show the former Confederate President to be mistaken.

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