"Bress de Lor, We Am Contraban."
Illustrated Civil War envelopes with patriotic symbols, slogans and cartoons, mostly Northern, including a few Southern ones.
Stereotypical depiction of two slaves celebrating the fact that they have been declared contraband. The words D. Murphy's Son, Print. 65 Fulton & 372 Pearl Street, N.Y." appear to the left of the image. The image is a reference to General Benjamin Butler's "contraband" policy, by which escaping slaves reaching Union lines would not be returned to slavery. Butler, a trained attorney, used Virginia's secession to argue that under international law that escaped slaves were "contraband of war" and he was not required to return them to their former owners."
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