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Centennial Times - June 29, 1861 - Northernors Not Hostile To Slavery

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June 29, 1861

Northernors Not Hostile To Slavery

Actions of the Northern troops here in Hagerstown should dispel the idea that the federal government intends to abolish slavery or interfere with the domestic institutions of the South. A slave belonging to Jacob Strite fled his master, and took refuge in the Northern encampment, but he was promptly returned to his master.

Later on orders came from Washington that no fugitive slave should be harbored by the Army.

Andrew H. Hager presented his Negro boy, Daniel Fox. as a body servant to Col. W. H. Irwin of the Seventh Pennsylvania. Col. Irwin gratefully accepted the gift.

The idea of the Northern troops seems to be that they are here to preserve the nation and the Union, and not to concern themselves with social reformers’ schemes about abolishing slavery.


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Collection Location:
Hagerstown, Maryland

Original Size:
59 x 33 cms

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Washington County (Md.), 1860-1862

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Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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