"Though thousands of African slaves escaped or were freed from southern plantations in the United States during the 1860s, very little has been investigated, studied, or discussed about what happened to these new African American United States citizens who had to live out their existence on the North American continent. Since none of the former slaves were provided transportation back to their African homeland, every former slave or former African-American Civil War soldier had a story to tell about how the rest of their life was spent in North America. Many former African American slaves who fought in the civil War were placed in the 9th or 10th Cavalry Regiments that were organized and sent to patrol the Arizona territory after the end of the Civil War were issued horses, rifles, and pistols and learned to use them well.
Jacob Savage was a member of a slave family that escaped from a Mississippi plantation before the beginning of the United States Civil War and escaped to Western Canada with the help of the underground railroad where he and his brothers and sister were raised just north of the Montana border of the United States and south of the Canadian Rocky Mountain Range.
You will learn how Jacob lived among the American Indian, found a wild stallion, a wolf, and a gold claim in the Sawtooth and Wind River Mountains of the early American West, then journeyed back to his boyhood Canadian home.
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Published December 16, 2011
Literature & Fiction, Westerns.