The War For the Union – A Slave Pen in Alexandria

This is an incredible stereographic card, taken during the Civil War. It’s a powerful image of an Alexandria slave pen.

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Photograph shows soldiers inside prison area where slaves were held.
Photograph shows soldiers inside prison area where slaves were held.

Source: Library of Congress

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  • spottieottie

    Any idea where in Alexandria this was?

  • Tania

    Is this is the same slave pen referred to in the book 12 Years a Slave?