Never Forget: The Devil’s Punchbowl – 20,000 Freed Slaves Died After Being Forced Into Post Slavery Concentration Camp

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History has always made concentration camps to be synonymous with the atrocities of Nazi Germany. But, America has its own dirty secrets about the use of concentration camps. These camps were located in Natchez, Mississippi and were used to corral freed slaves during and after the American Civil War. As slaves were being emancipated from the plantations, their route to freedom usually took them in the vicinity of the Union army forces. Unhappy with the slaves being freed, the army began recapturing the slaves and forced the men back into hard labor camps. The most notorious of the several concentration camps that were established was located in Natchez, MS.

As the slaves made their way to freedom, the town of Natchez went from a population of 10,000 to 120,000 people almost overnight. In order to deal with the population influx of recently freed slaves, a concentration camp was established to essentially eradicate the slaves. The men were recaptured by the Union troops and forced back into hard labor. The women and children were locked behind the concrete walls of the camp and left to die from starvation. Many also died from the smallpox disease. In total, over 20,000 freed slaves were killed in one year, inside of this American concentration camp.

A researcher studying the existence of the concentration camps said, “The union army did not allow them to remove the bodies from the camp. They just gave ’em shovels and said bury ’em where they drop.” The camp was called the Devil’s Punchbowl because of the way the area is shaped. The camp was located at the bottom of a cavernous pit with trees located on the bluffs above.

Today the bluffs are known for the wild peach grooves but the locals will not eat any of the fruit because some are aware of what has fertilized the trees. One researcher has noted that skeletal remains still wash-up when the area becomes flooded by the Mississippi River. Even when America tries to bury its racist ways, we must force America to acknowledge what has occurred and not shy away from the truth. Let’s never forget all the freed slaves that died in American concentration camps at the Devil’s Punchbowl.

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References:

  • Researcher Paula Westbrook
  • Don Estes, former director of the Natchez City Cemetery




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  1. Growing up in an abusive and dysfunctional home, at least they didn’t teach us to hate, to hate any group of people and for that I consider it a gift. I have never been against any group of people and although born Caucasian, I cry and it bothers me tremendously when I hear of or read about the wrong being done to people. I am of the mental attitude that we are all humans, though we may be different from one another; we all deserve respect and consideration. I’m happy for someone of color and any of their success as anyone else’s and upset about situations like Trayvon Martin, Freddy Grey, Sandra Bland and so many others who have lost their lives and SHOULD NOT have. What is on this page, etc. really bothers me a lot. I am so saddened inside about all the horrific situations that have occurred.

        • No we are not, their are children of the devil, but Satan uses the trick of race to both keep victims in bondage to victimization and hate, therefore not getting the healing Holy Spirit, or uses it to cause hate in all races. God doesn’t care about skin color, who does Satan, it’s used to spread hate, fear, victimization etc. So, all races can be hateful and racist, it’s a spirit. And it’s not in just white people, even people who don’t think they are racist are, when deceived into thinking everything that happens is because of racism. When that is not true. If race is a problem to you, make sure your heart is right before judging something or everything else a racism. I pray God heals your hearts, and opens your eyes to this truth
          Jesus is Lord.

          • Lol you’re one of *those* white people.

            Trust me, love. If your thoughts turn to people who are “deceived into thinking everything that happens is because of racism” and deflecting the fact that this country was literally founded on white racism and brutality… and that the white supremacist system is still in play… if your priority is not that but what YOU feel other people are calling racism… and you’re equating that to actual racism…

            You’re a racist motherfucker yourself, Colby Robertson. I promise. You can throw Jesus around all you want to, but you might unpack that and sort that out before you meet him. Calling out racism isn’t racism. Pushing back at racism isn’t racism. Holding people and systems accountable for racism isn’t racism. Questioning and investigating and acknowledging issues of racism isn’t racism. And you sound racist af.

          • Colossians 3:22:Slaves, obey your earthly masters in everything; and do it, not only when their eye is on you and to win their favor, but with sincerity of heart and reverence for the Lord.
            Colossians 4:1:Masters, provide your slaves with what is right and fair, because you know that you also have a Master in heaven.
            Titus 2:9:Teach slaves to be subject to their masters in everything, to try to please them, not to talk back to them, A Religion that supports Slavery is a shitty Religion!

          • If god/jesus is so concerned about racism, he could have prevented this from happening in the first place. Convenient how christians can say god can do anything, but when he doesn’t, you can blame it on satan. What a bunch of crap. I agree with KTM, you’re as racist as they come.

          • Jesus is not. Jesus is a made up representation for Europeans to follow and trick others into bondage. Yeshua was the saviour and he was not white! If you believe in the father and the son do research on the truth!

          • That’s the biggest crock of bull sh*t I have ever read you racist piece of sneaky slick underhanded bull shit*tter.Thats was a nice slick way of trying to defend your evil racist wicked Devil race.No race can and has never caused some much racial hate in violence in the world like the white race.

        • Creation is more correct some like playing God.
          Those are about 1/2 of the total 2900000 billion

        • @ Kawika: you got that right. I wonder what, besides ” cry”, has Linda done to help right the wrongs. Has she spoken out to ‘her people’? Things that make you go hmmmm

      • How many years blacks been praying to the White God he never answered their prayers I wonder why? He only answer the white man prayers?

    • You need to read about the Florida, story about the history Of there artifacts, little black babies in alligator’s mouth a lot of pens, drinking cup,and pencils with the design

    • There is so much which will not be know. Not everyone was involved in hate and some did it from an hardened heart. Who were they twelve tribes of Israel and where are they today?

      • tribe of Judah is us black americans,deu28;68,this is what happened to the black jews after moses freed us from egypt,egypt means bondage,exodus 20;2.

        • True Israel led away captive!
          CAN THESE BONES LIVE?
          OH YES THEY CAN, WE ARE WAKING UP AND OUR ELOHIM WILL RETURN WITH THE SWORD!

      • SHIT IT’S ABOUT TO HAPPEN AGAIN, DON’T THINK HISTORY DON’T REPEAT ITSELF BECAUSE WE’RE LIVING IN THE LAST DAYS… LET THEM KEEP ROITING MARTIAL LAW WILL COME UPON ARE ASS BEFORE NOVEMBER….SO WATCH OUT!!!!!!!

    • Really big hugs and love sent your way I love every part of your speech no one being person should be subject to this appalling sidistic behaviour no person on this earth has the right to say white superior black slave how dare they ! I am white but tan in the sun so what am I ? They people who try to protray me are really nasty people who think they have the right to judge people …. Who are you ! Who are you ! Imbassilses who think this world is theirs … Un educated narrow minded people who cause wars for absulotly nothing I am insulted and embarressed to say I’m white . Most Normal people don’t see colour obviously these people are sick and need help xxxxc

      • It is a misnomer to say that most normal people don’t see colour. You are lying to yourself unless you are blind. The problem is not that we see it, the problem is that we judge it. All of us are guilty. Black is beautiful” in and of itself is a judgment. In America, and now across the world through the exporting of “American Values which are derived from European prejudices, institutionalized racism has overwhelmed and the false narratives have so poisoned the psyche of the population as a whole until too few of us are willing to put in the work of change.

    • It clearly shows that you are a child of God it’s very normal to cry when you see wrong done to people. I appreciate your comment thank you! It seems to be from the heart.

      • Aw shut up you bleeding heart fool.zI bet anything you a black woman because a white man can say anything that sound nice and sweet and you idiot drool all over yourselves.

    • Linda J Solomon, you have allowed yourself to be misled… Not all of us are human… Some of us are Beasts! Those who perpetrate such atrocities are beasts! A person is know by his character! The character of those committing act of this kind and the like is that of a beast! They are not human! Plain and simple… You need to adjust your thinking, as do many African Americans because they, too, have allowed themselves to be deceived. The simple fact is that not all who appear as human are human!

    • Glad that you have this attitude.Every generation needs to be better than the previous.Nothing is gained from hate. Moving forward with wisdom is knowing that the past will repeat if we as humans allow hatred.

    • You are absolutely wrong. God does hate color and he hates white people more than any people on earth… Roman’s 9-13 Jacob I love , but Esau I hate. You most learn how to identify who you are in the Bible

    • Didn’t notice that you were sorry for the thousands of whites who have been unfairly victimized by racist thugs. Or for the assassination of cops all over the country. Clearly you have been influenced by the lefts propaganda.

      • F*ck you and those thousand whites and cops.You all should be murdered you’ll no damn good for nothing anyway.

  2. The photograph at the top of this article is deceptively misleading. It has nothing to do with the story and makes me question the veracity of the story. The photograph was taken at the site of the battle at Cold Harbor, Virginia, when the decayed remains of the soldiers were being exhumed for reburial in a more organized military cemetery. History is too important to be faked like this.

    • But the history that most if us learned in school is also faked! Matter of fact it’s faked because the real ways people of color were treated is unfathomable to most people that white people could be so cruel

    • That photo is of the Devil’s Punchbowl waterfall in Ontario, Canada. Please do some research on what’s “fake” or not because the only think fake here is your comments!

  3. I am confused? The article stated the Union Army out the formerly enslaved in concentration camps. Was it the Union or the Confederate Army?

    • It was the US Federal Army. Read the beginning. It was AFTER the war. Why people need to understand, the propaganda that the War was all about slavery and freeing them is not correct. Most Yankees did not care about African slaves. Some might not have wanted them slaves, but that doesn’t mean they liked them. These freed slaves meant they would go up North and provide the industry with cheap labor knocking out the white worker. Why history needs to be factual, good or bad.

      • Exactly. Americas Amnesia still exists, however those who seek to know the truth, research and exhume the old bones, will find that America is just as barbaric in its human practice as was and is Americas notable enemies. Keep teaching us, so that we do not live in ignorance.

    • Goes to show you what happens when people gain their education through the public school system, they are taught a revisionist form of history. Yes, these were Union Troops that used “The Devil’s Punchbowl”. These are the same troops that fought for Abraham Lincoln, in what most were taught was his “War to Free the Slaves.” This incident happened in a time frame after the War, which was known as Reconstruction. Want more proof of how much the Union Troops cared for the freed slaves? Research what happened to a large group of them who were following General William T. Sherman (U.S. Army) on his march to the sea. Hint: refused to feed them, refused any of his troops to feed or take care of them, cut the ropes on a rope bridge that they were trying to cross, watched as many of them drowned as the bridge went down stream.

    • It matters very little to me which side did it. One thing we know for sure is that they were “white”. There was little different treatment of blacks by either Union or Confederate, Democrat or Republican, northern or southern. The results are always the same. The sooner blacks and people of color acknowledge this and realize these folks are 2 sides of the same coin…the better off they will be! Sure not ALL whites racist, however, trying to distinguish the two can be detrimental to your health!

      • WOW, I NEVER EVEN THOUGHT OF THAT- MAX, I WAS WORRIED ABOUT TRUMP WINNING BECAUSE HE IS RETARED AND HE WANTS TO PUT UP A WALL, AND HAVE PEOPLE DEPARTED; AND ALSO CUT OFF SOCIAL SECURITY; BUT THE REAL THING I SHOULD OF LISTENED FOR; WAS THE MEANING OF THE DUMB THINGS HE SAID ; I THOUGHT HE WAS JUST DUMB AS DIRT IS WHY; BUT KNOW I SEE; WHAT HE IS SAYING, MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, HE MENT MAKE AMERICAN WHITE AGAIN; BUT IN REALITY HE MEANT BUSINESS AS USUAL, VOTE ME IN; OR HILLARY, DON’T MATTER; CUSE EITHER WHY ; WHO WINS; NOTHING WILL CHANGE JUST A BUNCH OF RICH WHITE PEOPLE WHO WANT TO BE EVEN RICHER; AND CARRY ON THE GOOD OLD TRADITON; WHATEVER THEY NEED TO; TO KEEP THAT MONEY COMING! HATE RICH WHITE PEOPLE! AND I AM WHITE

  4. we born in the uk have very little know age of what really has been happing out there for some time i would love to visit the states to learn more as i think that we forget over here as black people what has been truly happening . i have been trying to promote the learning of this history to some and it has been very hard some people just don’t want me to show. could anyone recommend a pile of books for me to read with a time line so i could show more of this in my history lessons … ???/

  5. Yet, the Jewish overcame their poverty and discrimination and became one of the most powerful group in today’s time.. Meanwhile you all keep on singing slave songs sitting on your asses waiting for a compensation..

    • That’s the interpretation of many like you, that blacks are on their knees begging for something. We are still regarded as 2nd class citizens, having to go before the Supreme Court to ddetermine whether we have the same rights as white people. We are Americans 100%. Treat s with dignity and respect.

    • The Holocaust lasted about 12 years. Slavery lasted 250 years. You have to be pretty ignorant to compare the to. Also, the jews got reparation for that 12 years. We got nothing for 250 years of labor that built the country you are sitting your ignorant ass in right now.

      • Yes! You hit the nail on the head! Folks can keep on playing ignorant and talking about slave descendents “getting over it”, yet they haven’t yet stopped trying to recover ALL that the Jews lost during the holocaust!!! They refuse to acknowledge that a whole continent of kings and queens were decimated for their pleasure, wealth and laziness. They continue be led by the ignorance that existed during slavery by propagating that same ignorance today! I know that big group that follows Donald Trump has awakened that ignorant slavery mentality! They don’t have the guts to say it, so they tout “make America great again” when they really mean “make America white again”! How sad!

    • You are as vile a coward as those who’ve perpetrated these harms against humanity. If there is a God, and sometimes I wonder myself, then there is a vile place for vile people like you and I hope that you go there soon.

    • Zaire Antwon, the Jewish people was compensated and received help from European Union and was given stolen land. Please do not act like the Jewish people did it without the help of several countries.

    • You’re a shameless idiot. The Jewish folk in Israel as well as other places have received free funds from countries like the US for a good while now. Why don’t you tell them to give it back to those that gave it to them, because they definitely didn’t earn it.

    • Everything da Jews got United nations gave them da platform to attain including stolen land from Palestine !

    • Jews were able to assimilate into society and succeed because they are white. Blacks have always been viewed by whites as inferior and bad. Whites believe the darker you are you got to be trouble, then and still now. White people choose who they break bread with so think about that and use your thinking cap next time.

  6. dang never heard of this ……but next time i’m in NATCHEZ you bet i’ll go and see it……..right after I leave the BRIERS the plantation where JEFFERSON DAVIS married his beautiful wife overlooking the MISSISSIPPI ” I’Z BEE LIK’IN MEE SUMM NATCHEZ” and negro slave history along with some civil war and southern confederate battle history

    • You will not be able to see the Devils punch bowl in Natchez, Ms. Yes it is there but this article is such a fake.

  7. This article is such bull #$%#$, Black main street needs to quite spreading such lies . This is the kind of things that keep the racial issues in our country alive. If you are going to report on issues of the past please get your facts right.

    • Evidently you didn’t view the taped news report that reported the exact same thing as the article. The facts are correct…you and others like you just refuse to admit these atrocities were committed in and by this country.

    • There is a news report, a list of other articles with the same info and references to the researcher and the former director of the Natchez City Cemetery…but somehow you know more than all those sources? Please enlighten us….

    • Jamison, yes darling you tell it correctly. Darn ugly it is still, this hated of skin color. After so many years. Why are some still so ignorant or just not to admit just how ugly slavery was and still is.

  8. I am saddened to just start finding out all this at the age of 61, I want to make sure my grandSun knows more than I grew up with. it is overwhelming, and the video I see today of police brutality hurts me on a personal level as a black woman. My grandSun is a cute 5 year old now and is very friendly. How do I balance that out with all people are not good and to beware? I don’t remember being this concerned for my daughter.

    • To cover our eyes and act like the past doesn’t exist will be just as bad as the whites that commeted to horrendous Act. Contrary to what you may believe there are more black people trying to work and live civilized lives better than they are sitting around waiting on a handout, but if my 15 year old son can’t walk down the street without worry about being shot or harassed based on the color of his skin, then history’s just repeating its self

  9. It will never be learned by white racist in this country as to how their father ,closely fallowed by their mother whom dad had shut down anything that could look like a personal opinion that did not paint I am god. Keeping the family way of doing things ,the offspring becomes the pons that in no way will they believe ,their mines have put mental blocks ,where growth has hit a dead end…………..and pass it on hate begin.

  10. The Devil’s Punchbowl does exist off Cemetary Road. It is on the river surrounded by the bluff and trees. I. Grew up knowing about it but no one told us about what happened there. We knew not to try to venture there.

    • There are actually multiple places called “Devils Punchbowl”. One in Miss, one in Oregon, one in Cali, theres even one in England….soooooooo, maybe you should do some research before you comment? You think the news channel in the video of this article decided to make up an imaginary place and report about it?

    • While there may be SOME validity to SOME of what you say…Not ALL blacks “are sitting on their collective asses and waiting for compensation” One of the most powerful black men in history to this very day is treated like crap and his many great accomplishments are disregarded. And don’t act like the Hebrews were accepted and embraced. They gained much of their respect by buying and owning everything after being shut out of things. . . like restricted clubs and neighborhoods. They were vilified, reviled. It’s kind of difficult to disrespect your landlord or the banker who’s bank holds the mortgage on your home/business/life. By the same token there are thousands of Caucasians sitting on their collective asses waiting for that bridge card money.

  11. Devil’s Punchbowl, elevation 4,750 ft (1450 m), is a tilted sandstone formation on the northern slopes of the San Gabriel Mountains, in Los Angeles County, California.

    • There is also a Devil’s punchbowl in Oregon, Mississippi, the UK, and Colorado. CA isn’t the only place with an area called the Devil’s Punchbowl

    • While there may be SOME validity to SOME of what you say…Not ALL blacks “are sitting on their collective asses and waiting for compensation” One of the most powerful black men in history to this very day is treated like crap and his many great accomplishments are disregarded. And don’t act like the Hebrews were accepted and embraced. They gained much of their respect by buying and owning everything after being shut out of things. . . like restricted clubs and neighborhoods. They were vilified, reviled. It’s kind of difficult to disrespect your landlord or the banker who’s bank holds the mortgage on your home/business/life. By the same token there are thousands of Caucasians sitting on their collective asses waiting for that bridge card money.

  12. It’s just so sad that these events have occurred many years ago, yet we STILL allow the IGNORANCE FACTOR to still exist in todays human species. With mankind controlling this earth there will always be slavery. We the human species must come together as one before something catastrophic occurs on this globe.

  13. Greetings! Mike Brassreal is on the right track and is correct…do your research about the Union Army “Contraband Camps” in Natchez and all across the U. S. during the Civil War. My person has seen the claim in the heading of this article. Right away I suspected it and my spirit mind said this item smells of Don Estes here in my Natchez. Sure enough there he is a neo-son of the confederacy spreading the “lost cause” type dis-information. All my person needed to see was the sources of the writing or story. 21 years ago when my person first returned to Natchez Don Estes was spewing this story. It falls into the category of look what the “Yankees” did to those poor old “slaves” that certain white folks have been telling and is still telling here in Natchez. My person do not want to debunk this story because someone in the white community here needs to put it in proper light and checkmate the researcher…don’t have enough time to do so. There were as documented on the Union Army defense map of Natchez two Union Army Contraband Camp located below the Mississippi River bluffs at Natchez. One was located near the “Devils Punchbowl. There were also other sites above and below the bluff where self-emancipated (runaway) enslaved people were housed and camped in freedom from their places of being chattel enslaved. There were also Union Army barracks for U. S. Colored Troops as they were called that were located below the bluffs. You can see both the Contraband freedom camps and U. S. Colored Troops Barracks on the 1864 map which Estes provided my person when he first started spunnings his story to my person some 21 years ago. Now in 1866, the Union army created the Natchez National Cemetery to rebury its union dead buried in a variety of locations around Natchez and across the river in Vidalia La. Hundreds of Colored Troops were dug up from Natchez Under The Hill it is called and re-buried in the Nat. Cemetery from 1866 to 1873. My person have always wondered what happened to the “colored civilians” who died in the freedom camps below the bluffs. Are they still buried down there? Were they buried in the area called the Devils Punch Bowl and some of their remains are washed away by change in the course of the Mississippi River. Are there still some buried in the area called the DPB? This question must be answered. In the reburial records for the Nat. Cemetery it says so and so number of soldiers were found buried in so and so graves “near the Devils Punch Bowl!” I have this data stored in my computer. “Concentration camps?” Sound just like the made up term “Black Confederates” that is being peddled in the lost cause campaign of today. First you got to remember that self-emancipated former enslaves worked for pay for the Union army all over the south in what was called Contraband Camps, first started in South Carolina by then General Butler who coined the term. Those civilians served as spies, washers, teamsters, ironers, cooks, nurses, etc. Find the report of the Catholic Bishop of Natchez at the time. He wrote extensively about his visits to the “Negro Camps” in Natchez including the ones under the hill. He administered what he called “last rites” and you can get an idea about the level of sickness and death. Mostly from drinking the polluted river water. During the civil war both whites and blacks died in big numbers for a variety of reason other than in battles. The numbers reported in the story above does not match up with the facts except for the large reported numbers that “flocked” to the freedom camps at Natchez and many other camps such as at Davis Bend near Vicksburg up and down the river. Took too much time already.

  14. The truth will never be told by racist bigomists in the united States or Emgland. What the father leaves to the son shall go unsaid unless there be a new world order for to settle this facts. Half the people want to be put overr the other half to be there for the last time. That is right in your face and you can try to ignor it but then you just make yourself force ignorant. To be more for one god there was just every time it could be. Even for you that want it there must be a words of truth that the facts can speak alone just like mama always said. You don’t forget how the Housa and Yoruba tribes clashed over and over but for trying to share the same truth of earth. The mother earth doesn’t settle fo rless and when the black rasicist orgainizations put in the force of foot the full boot will never fit again like the time before. Everyrbody got one opinion and it ain’t all the same to me. God don’t paint with only one brush. The onces who can see it will understand and I know which one you are. When the mother strives to lead the family cause there is no man around the house will stand until it folds. Without the circumsision there will be no end. Even the personal opinions of Baruck Obama and the other ones keep showing how it might must go. The block is up and it is to keep because the people cannot handle the truth. When the truth comes around again and everyone sees the documents and is slapped in the face with the real facts it will continue to be the same result that the same people will try so hard to remain ignorant in the dark. The color of a man’s skin does not matter, but the darkness in one’s heart and the closed areas of his mind lead to the quick dead end. If you do’t want the bad to cointinue then you must be part of the change. Stop the hatred, open the eyes and repost this on every social media for many times until the changes come to pass in fruition.

  15. And WHO was responsible for this horrific situation? The Democrat Party of the Reconstruction South. Read and learn, people.

  16. RESISTANCE WILL ALWAYS BE FUTILE:

    One phrase, from Star Trek: The Next Generation, is: “We are the Borg. Your biological and technological distinctiveness will be added to our own. Resistance is futile.”

    tAkE iT lIkE It Is……FOR IT WILL REMAIN THAT WAY BECAUSE STOLEN AFRICANS HAVE BEEN BRAINWASHED TO HATE AND DISTRUST ONE ANOTHER.

  17. It is amazing to me that even with news reports and documented evidence, some whites are calling this story, fake, lies, untruth, why is it so hard to believe that this was done, many, many freed slaves were captured up north in the disguise as a job and brought back south to slavery, was lynchings fake as well where the ancestors had picknics, sent postcards and brought their children to see men, women and children hanged, America will never ever get out from under the stain that it put on blacks to build this country because it’s still doing it in other ways, and for those that made comments that blacks want handouts and want to sing, and all of that, black people are not lazy , they just want a level playing field, we are the most hard working group of people, and underpaid, however, your ancestors and many of you are the most lazy, they came to our country and broughtbus over to build this country, while they raped, beat and killed many, let’s not leave out stealing and rewriting our history to make themselves feel superior in which they were not and you are not, why do I say lazy, well let’s see, they let blacks breastfeed their children, they cleaned nothing. many riches that their ancestors are reaping is blood money made off the backs of blacks and present day whites are still complaining, your calling it fake because you have been brainwashed into believing a lie, a myth of the so called white privledge!

  18. Say what you will about the Southerners but it was the YANKEES who HATED THE BLACKS—They never wanted to FREE them, but send them BACK to AFRICA.—-Southerners, even with slavery treated the Blacks with more respect and lived in an integrated society. The Yankees hated the blacks even more and began to blame them for the war when Lincoln tried to make out, near the end, it was to “free the slaves” rather than the stated purpose of to preserve the union.—The Southerners only began to hate blacks after they were victimised by RECONSTRUCTION” and the blacks were left to take the blame.

  19. Not one black American alive today has been a slave literally or symbolically. Not one black American today is victim of anything but their culture (compared to any other group) . This is a very sad story but no one today is owed anything for the suffering of the past… You are only a victim if you choose to be. White guilt liberals, Black Lives Matter and alike groups spread more hate than all others combined. Poor people in general are singled out today,not people of color. Race, today, is a excuse, a card and political leverage.

    but VERY Tragedic story , if true…

    • My question to you is if whites were slaves for 250 years, what would they be saying? If they still got treated horrible today, what would they saying? Would they be compensated for this. Well I can answer that, YES!

  20. I’ve read a lot about contraband camps where tens of thousands of “freed” slaves died of starvation and disease. They labored for the Union but were rarely compensated for their labor. Some referred to it as “government slavery.” There were probably upward to 100 of these camps across the south, but this is the first I have heard of the “Devil’s Punchbowl.”

    Contraband Camps – the great untold story of the Civil War. The total number that died?… 200,000 may not be an exaggeration.

  21. For information about slaves “liberated” by the Federal army in Louisiana see-

    The Conduct of Federal Troops in Louisiana
    Edited by David C. Edmonds

  22. Studying history is one thing. Reading about a subject and forming an opinion is quite another. Most of the postings here seem to be very ill informed opinions. What we have here is an open forum where anyone can post. God forbid that any one of you would go back and read the drivel you post. Try using spell checker now and then

  23. Daryl E. Ratterree
    The event of which you speak was at Ebenezer Creek outside Savannah on Sherman’s March. I’ve seen estimates of 200 freed Africans died. My family buried the planting seeds and Sherman was blocked by the Pee Dee River from our farm after he burned Columbia, SC. Lincoln had a belated plan to free, but no plan to maintain. Years later, their descendants thanked my family for their survival.

  24. This was also true of the troops who fought with the Stand Waite regiment of the Cherokee Nation in the Civil War. My great-grandfather was captured and placed into a Union POW camp in Ohio. Because he was Cherokee, he was not allowed indoors and was kept in a cattle corral with all the other Native Americans in the camp. Naturally, he contracted pneumonia and died.

    A coffin was brought home to my great-grandmother. The man who delivered the coffin told her the truth: ‘I was told to tell you this is your husband. We don’t know who it is. They were just boxing up bodies and sending them to folks. Your husband is dead. Bury this body in his honor and go on with your life.’

  25. no, you are wrong, “WRITER” whose byline is never given.

    there are concentration camps TODAY, RIGHT NOW. and there is GENOCIDE RIGHT NOW, TODAY this MINUTE.

    they are now called “reservations” but they are concentration camps.

    there is an old disgusting saying about genocide – “…the sign of a successful genocide is when the people begin killing themselves…” well that is true of the reservations. where mixed blood kill full blood, where alcoholism rates race to 90%+, diabetes rates are well over 80% etc.

    and some of you have the GALL to tell Natives “get over it” – well look you bastards – you can’t get over someone that has not ended. and STOP invalidating the Native population of the Americas saying that “this is the worse mass murder in history” or “this is the only case of concentration camps in USA”

    BULLSHIT. over 150 years – GENOCIDE and CONCENTRATION CAMPS. we number in in over 500 MILLION that have been murdered since 1492.

  26. The world is a punch-bow
    Get educated so some rich policy maker can have you arrested for giving people free power!
    Or a gravity device that makes your car float with a leash so you can walk it to the service station to be fixed!
    Arrested by the CIA for showing sciences how to create good things that are actually going to help society not make it into a cash machine!

  27. This article is inaccurate. I am from Natchez and what the author is describing is well-known locally. However, the place where the contraband slaves were kept was simply called “The Corral” — they were stock pens on the landing at the foot of the bluff (“Under-the-Hill”) originally used for cattle being loaded onto the boats before the War. During the occupation, they were expanded and converted into their more sinister purpose for human occupants by the invading Yankee soldiers. The Devil’s Punchbowl is another well-known location, however, it is further upriver from the Corral. It was famous historically for being the lair of an infamous gang of river pirates and other notorious outlaws. I suppose the author felt the “Devil’s Punchbowl” was a more salacious name, but still it is not correct — it and “The Corral” are two different places.

  28. Have confidence in the eternal Truth, although you may not be able to comprehend It, although you may suppose It sweetness to be bitter, although you may shrink from it at first. Trust in the Truth…. Have faith in the Truth and live in accordance with it.

  29. Suspicious – one of the supposed “experts” on the topic, Paula Westbrook, is from a paranormal society. No actual historians were interviewed. Both of the interviewees for the news story were white folks. It’s weird. The news segment in which those two are interviewed is kind of bizarre.
    The article claims that the Union Army was unhappy that the slaves were freed, and that’s why they were imprisoned, but the opposite is true; escaped slaves ran to the Union army and found protection because the South was further weakened by the loss of its free labor force; the existence of contraband former slaves forced the argument that the civil war was actually about slavery, and the vast numbers of newly freed slaves helped Douglass make his argument to Lincoln for black Union troops that turned the war into a defeat of the Confederacy.

  30. This DANG STORY REFUSES TO DIE. The story has been all over the Internet since the attached “ghost story” puff piece. If I remember correctly, it is based entirely on the word of a white “historian” who was the Natchez undertaker and intent on showing how much worse the slaves had it under freedom than slavery. When I researched the story some years ago, it appears Natchez was freed by Black troops, and the Union army formed a camp in the area at issue. Supplies were low, and freed slaves worked on farms supporting the regiment. The mass gravesite was apparently the result of a smallpox outbreak, and the people who were “hunted down” when they were trying to escape (because of smallpox and low food supplies ) were Union soldiers.

  31. So many dark hearts and minds closed to the truth. We as Blacks know the truth and don’t care if whites ever accept it or us.

    The best thing we can do is think for ourselves, work for ourselves and stop striving for white approval or acceptance.

  32. There has got to be a plan somewhere that will turn around the prison catastrophe and to prevent further enslavement.

  33. I heard of this story briefly when I visited east Texas, and was horrified. The truth is nightmarish, and WE.WILL.NEVER.FORGET.THE.ATROCITIES.BLACK.DESCENDANTS OF ENSLAVED.AFRICANS.ENDURED.UNDER.THIS.DEMONIC.COUNTRY!!!!

    Land of the free, home of the brave.

    Pfft.

  34. Arlandra Upton, the verses in the Bible that are commands to slaves are referring to people who have given themselves into servitude due to some form of debt owed or inability to provide for themselves or family members, basically the same as our form of employment as opposed to being self employed today.

  35. What is the reason that Jews ” Will Never forget” But Americans that built this country have to have a case of amnesia . How will anyone ever learn if they repeat the same mistake over and over again. Segregated in life in laws by community, in funds. I know, it does not affect you so I goes we should act like it never even happened. Prejudice does still exist . No one is looking for a hand out but I will say credit should be given where it is due.All that is happening is that is has become more subtle. Played out in laws that are passed, demeaning people, not allowing generations to truly know the contributions their ancestors made. The richness of their culture true worth this can in fact be devastating over time. Separating family with jails and prison, having mother’s become fathers too. Not allowing men to be me taking away their right to vote with felony convictions an enslaving them in the revolving door justice system that is false rehabilitation.

  36. Solutions come from freed minds not littered with hate. Let’s try that. First shut out mainstream media. Do not accept any public history book / they are partly to blame for history being lied about and swept under the rug. Then gather the true history of the descendants of American Slaves, all of it, and put it together in a curriculum. Open a school and teach your children what’s important. You can meet in different homes, take field trips, encourage and inspire each other. Invite those you trust to be part of your children’s education. No Common Core , GMO, or government programs welcome. Teach entrepreneurial mindset within the truth of God’s Word.

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