Rebellion August 1, 1846     
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Gordon through our lines and other images
Engravings from Harper's Weekly depicting Gordon, a slave who crossed to the Union lines in 1863. Clockwise from top left: "Gordon as he entered our lines. Gordon under medical inspection. Gordon in his uniform."  Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-98515.
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Federal Allies

Soldiers were learning the effects of slavery on a new level -- from the plight of men and women whom they knew and respected personally. This was a community, moreover, whose ranks included the most successful black freedom fighters in U.S. history, African Americans who took visible pride in their tradition of rebellion. For the white soldiers, working with them must have been a transformation. Union soldiers would undergo a similar experience two decades later, as they sheltered fugitive slaves and gained new respect for their black comrades-in-arms.

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Sources: Littlefield Seminoles 103-6, 112-13, 120.
Part 3, Exile: Outline  l Images
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 Trail Narrative
 + Prologue
 + Background: 1693-1812
 + Early Years: 1812-1832
 + War: 1832-1838
 - Exile: 1838-1850
+ Shifting Alliances
+ American Justice
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"The Hero"
Federal Allies
Southern Enemies
Marcellus Duval
Frontier Justice
American Justice
+ A New Frontier
 + Freedom: 1850-1882
 + Legacy & Conclusion