May 24, 2017 The Civil War in America: “Contraband of War,” 1861 As reported by the artist, fugitive slaves, escaped from their “Secessionist” masters, are taken into a “Federal camp” as contraband of war. The Illustrated London News, 27 July 1861. Courtesy of University of Missouri Libraries. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.