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Liberated slaves were treated as contraband or captured property at this time. The confiscation act of 1861 allowed seizing Confederate property but did not clarify the fate of captured slaves. One Union general gained notoriety for general order No. 11 which freed all slaves in areas under his control. President Lincoln countermanded this order amid concerns of the political consequences in four slave holding border states that remained in the Union.

Sharp Dresser, 1875, African-American youth

Cabinet card, photographed by D & W Prophet of Dundee.

Antique photographs Carte de Visite Cabinet Cards 1800's set of 3 cards Boy with Tin Drum 1860's. $35.00, via Etsy.

The Cabinet Card was a medium-sized photograph, approximately twice the size of a modern business card, is mounted on a heavy piece of cardboard. Whenever you visited somebody you would give them your cabinet card. Many Victorian households would proudly display their collection of cabinet cards, sometimes in a special album. From the collection of Dave Ward.

Dame turque voilée (Veiled Turkish Lady) - 1880s Albumen Photograph by Pasqual Sébah