Suffering Contrabands, Vicksburg

Sufferings of Contrabands.  A Vicksburg (Miss.) correspondent of the Tribune, under date of March 4, writes:    Some 2000 slaves of all ages and colors reached here yesterday.  It was one of the saddest spectacles witnessed for a long time in Vicksburg.  Women and children were almost starved and half naked.  Such a terrible picture of abject want and squalid misery can neither be imagined nor portrayed with pen.  Many of the women and children were sick with fevers, brought on by the great fatigue and exposure of the long march from Meridian, Enterprise, Quitman and other places.

                 (Liberator, Mar 25, 1864, pg 3)