Devils Punch Bowl Natchez Mississippi

The struggle for freedom of the slave and the accomplishments of the colored troops of the United States Military whom gave their lives to further their cause is a story to be told. The Devils Punch Bowl Natchez has become one of those stories . A story of hope , a story of betrayal , and most of all a story that depicts the United States Colored Troops as traitors to the cause of freedom from slavery.

Harsh words spoken in defense of the soldiers that preserved Natchez during the Civil War while trying to defend their integrity in the midst of what “I can Only call a Rumer ” . Before I get started let me share the publications I have found on the subject through online Research.

Devil’s Punchbowl — An American Concentration Camp So Horrific It was Erased from History

Say the words concentration camps, and most will surmise the topic surrounds World War II and the Nazis; but the hard labor, constant threat of death, and barbarism these microcosmic hells presented weren’t unique to Adolf Hitler — in just one year, around 20,000 freed slaves perished in the Devil’s Punchbowl — in Natchez, Mississippi, U.S.A.

After the Civil War, a massive exodus of former slaves from Southern plantations trekked northward in hopes of reaching a location of true freedom; but embittered soldiers, resentful the people considered property were now free, had other plans.

One tiny town’s population mushroomed twelvefold from the influx, as researcher Paula Westbrook, who has extensively studied Devil’s Punchbowl, noted,

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