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Timothy B. Smith

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781604734294

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781604734294.001.0001

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“Tears on Many a Dark Cheek”

“Tears on Many a Dark Cheek”

(p.143) Chapter Eight “Tears on Many a Dark Cheek”
Mississippi in the Civil War

Timothy B. Smith

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter examines the problems posed by the hundreds of thousands of black slaves in Mississippi. Unquestionably Unionist, many of these slaves did all they could to hamper and defeat the Confederacy, even taking up arms and rushing into battle when allowed to do so by white Northern politicians. When not in actual service, however, these slaves tried to hamper the Confederacy by committing acts of sabotage, guiding Federal units, and relaying important intelligence to Union commanders. A lack of labor also severely affected Mississippi’s agriculture as many slaves fled the plantations and followed Federal armies across the state.

Keywords:   blacks, slaves, Unionists, Confederacy

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