Apr 12, 2015
Fort McPherson, in Natchez, Mississippi, was a Civil War fort built primarily by United States Colored Troops (USCT). The fort became a major recruiting center for the USCT, which was comprised especially of African American slaves who ran away from the places where they had been held in bondage. Many of the men who made up the ranks of the USCT at Fort McPherson had previously been sold as slaves at the second largest slave market in the history of the Deep South - the Forks of the Road - situated on the outskirts of Natchez. Together, these two sites, located on opposite ends of the city, help to tell a story enslavement, self-emancipation, and active resistance by African Americans, without whom the outcome of the bloodiest war fought on American soil may have taken a different turn.
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