Fort Marion, St. Augustine, occupied by Union troops. Photo by Samual A. Cooley

Baptists and the American Civil War: November 23, 1864

The ranks of former slaves-turned-freedmen is growing daily, now numbering well over a hundred thousand. In Union-controlled areas along the Southern sea coast, Northern religious leaders and reformers, hand-in-hand with Federal forces and often financed by philanthropists, provide housing, education and life skills, in addition to assisting their charges in spiritual matters as the former…

Fort Marion, St. Augustine, occupied by Union troops. Photo by Samual A. Cooley

Baptists and the American Civil War: August 13, 1864

St. Augustine, Florida has been under Union control since March 1862. Along with Beaufort, South Carolina and environs, St. Augustine serves as a Northern-controlled freemen’s colony, providing opportunities for former slaves — or contrabands¬†(the wartime term for slaves freed by the Union Army) — to receive basic education, learn trades and acquire farming skills. Leading…