incum sojers come. De massa run, ha, ha! De darkey stay, ho, ho! It mus' be now de kingdum comina, Ana de yar ob jubilo. De oberseer he makes us trubble, Ana he dribe us rouna a spell, We lock him up in de smoke-house cellar, Wid de key flung in de well. De whip am lost, de hana — cuff broke, But de massy hab his pay; He big ana ole enough for to know better Dan to went ana run away. De massa run, ha, ha! De darkey stay, ho, ho! It mus' be now de kingdum comina, Ana de yar ob jubilo.
Henry Clay Work.
Negro teamsters near Butler's signal tower, Bermuda hundred, 1864
The history and nature of contraband of war, so expressively illustrated by this photograph, are thus explained by George Haven Putnam: Early in the war, General Benjamin F. Butler invented the term contraband, which came to be accepted as the most convenient classification for the colored refugee who had made his way within the Federal lines and who, while no longer a slave or a piece of property, was not yet acce