Brig. Gen. Isaac J. Wistar

Former Quaker and Brig. Gen. Isaac J. Wistar ordered the construction of 3 contraband slave settlements housing thousands of fugitive slaves after becoming commander of the Union forces at Yorktown in July 1863. The settlements soon became the site for schools and houses of worship, too, as the slaves began their new lives out of bondage.
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( Courtesy of the Library of Congress / August 31, 2012 )

Former Quaker and Brig. Gen. Isaac J. Wistar ordered the construction of 3 contraband slave settlements housing thousands of fugitive slaves after becoming commander of the Union forces at Yorktown in July 1863. The settlements soon became the site for schools and houses of worship, too, as the slaves began their new lives out of bondage.

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