Reconstruction Period Research Forum
Re: freeman records
In Response To: freeman records ()
Freedmen did not have to 'register' with the Bureau. Those that either wrote or went to the Bureau for help MAY have been listed in their files. Those that DID NOT use the many services of the Bureau may not have been listed in their files.
A Fugitive is someone that has escaped from someone or from something.
A "fugitive slave" was one that had escaped from a former slave holder (and enslavement). This term was used BEFORE the Civil War to describe enslaved people that "ran away" to a free state / country.