January 26, 1863

[Louisiana] Monday.  Engaged a newly escaped Contraband to do our cooking.  He is a mulatto, twenty-six years old, a native of New Orleans, by the name of Victor.  He has lately lived with a rebel master about five miles below here, on the other side of the river.  He appears intelligent & speaks French as well as English, though he cannot read.  Was a house servant at New Orleans, but of late has worked at coopering.  His wife came here before him, & on his arrival last Sunday found she had linked her fortune with another!

Diary of Isaac Winslow Case [Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection]


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