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Lt. Charles Bridges on contrabands, Bonnet Carre, LA, 1864

Contributed by Maine Historical Society

Lt. Charles Bridges, a Castine native who was quartermaster of the 80th United States Colored Troops, hired "contrabands" as camp laborers for Bonnet Carre Camp. Contrabands were escaped slaves who sought protection from Union forces.

The men listed here were hired as teamsters, stablemen, carpenters, blacksmiths, and wood choppers. They were paid $8 or $10 per month depending on their position.


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  • Title: Lt. Charles Bridges on contrabands, Bonnet Carre, LA, 1864
  • Creator: Bridges, Charles
  • Creation Date: 1864
  • Subject Date: 1864
  • Local Name: Bonnet Carre
  • Town: Castine, La Place
  • County: Hancock
  • State: LA, ME
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. 2114, Box 3/5
  • Object Type: Text

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