Contrabands at Fortress Monroe 

Since the living quarters at Fortress Monroe were occupied by thousands of Union soldiers, the contrabands constructed their own settlements. The first, Slabtown, located just outside the Union base, was built from old logs and rough planks fashioned into crude shanties. 

Contrabands coming into Fortress Monroe 1863 loc

Image: Library of Congress

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