Rebel Negro Pickets as Seen through a Field Glass
This circular image shows two black soldiers, one is sitting and the other standing. These two men were soldiers in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The author of the accompanying article discusses the debate between Southern slave owners and Northerners as to the involvement of slaves in the civil war. Some Northerners questioned the practice, while many slave owners found Negroes to be quite useful. Harper's Weekly: A Journal of Civilization was an American political magazine based in New York City and published by Harper & Brothers from 1857 until 1916. It featured foreign and domestic news, fiction, essays on many subjects and humor, alongside illustrations. It covered the American Civil War extensively, including many illustrations of events from the war.
Harper's Weekly, January 10, 1863, vol. 7 (front page).
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