Was The Devil’s Punchbowl A U.S. Concentration Camp for Black Slaves?

23 Posted by - November 21, 2020 - BLACK MEN, BLACK WOMEN, LATEST POSTS, SLAVERY


In an investigative story reported by WJTV News Channel 12 out of Jackson, Mississippi, “Mass Graves Remain in The Devil’s Punchbowl of Natchez.”

The Devil’s Punchbowl is a place located in Natchez, Mississippi where during the Civil War; authorities forced tens of thousands of freed slaves to live into concentration camps.  Westbrook adds that, “The union army did not allow them to remove the bodies from the camp. They just gave ’em shovels and said bury ’em where they drop.”

According to researcher Paula Westbrook, she researched through Adams County Sheriff’s reports from the time.

“When the slaves were released from the plantations during the occupation they overran Natchez. And the population went from about 10,000 to 120,000 overnight,” Westbrook said.

“So they decided to build an encampment for ’em at Devil’s Punchbowl which they walled off and wouldn’t let ’em out,” Don Estes, former director of the Natchez City Cemetery, said.

Estes said that history research is his life. During his studies he said he learned that Union troops ordered re-captured black men to perform hard labor. Women and children were all but left to die in the three “punchbowls”.

“Disease broke out among ’em, smallpox being the main one. And thousands and thousands died. They were begging to get out. ‘Turn me loose and I’ll go home back to the plantation! Anywhere but there’,” Estes said.
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  • Levian January 31, 2016 - 6:06 pm

    Wow…learn something new everyday.

    • Sula Monde December 31, 2018 - 5:05 am

      If there are death camps in the country for Black women and others such as homeless persons, now, in the present, those who run the camps would try to block exposing the camps.

    • Eric Hendricks December 10, 2020 - 9:25 am

      Large profits were gained in this country from slavery, blacks were raped, whipped, an abused, hung , their children fed to alligators,they were bred like animals, and still today not treated as an equal. that’s something they want the people to overlook, the white people almost killed all the natives of this country and never honored the treaties with natives ect.

  • Dorothy Goldsmith September 10, 2016 - 8:52 pm

    This is the place where I lost my ancestors, my great grandmothers fathers, were killed and died here, my Grandmother being a child only had stories of the horror in Natchez Mississippi, It was were told to be of Gullah or Gechee decent but my grandmother i believe was of African and American Indian Decent traveling from Florida Clarksdale Mississippi. I wish I had more information, I would love to be able to trace my ancestral roots.

    • Bill March 24, 2018 - 4:21 pm

      Dorothy I live in Oakton , Virginia but have owned property on the Natchez bluffs since 1990. I did not know about the punchbowl until recently. I talked with a friend of mine who lives on Cemetery Road near the Punchbowl. He told me that when he was growing up, older black people told him that he Punchbowl was in fact a death camp. My friend was born in 1953 so the people who told him must have heard it from their parents or grandparents. The men were kept in a separate camp and were marched up the bluffs every day to perform hard labor and then taken back to the camps at night. The women and children were kept in three separate camps and never got out. My friend said they were “packed in like cattle.” In 1860 the population of Natchez was 6,612 which consisted of 4,272 whites, 2,132 slaves and 208 free blacks. By 1870 the population of Natchez was 9,057 which consisted of 3,728 whites and 5,329 blacks. If 110,000 blacks poured into Natchez around 1863 where did they all go by 1870? Maybe more than 20,000 died there.

      • Cornelieus Fields May 5, 2019 - 8:21 am

        They were left to die. Some escaped. They were not fed. Trump said,” Make American great again” when was it great when blacks who fought in the war were raped beating and starved to death.

        • Tyrone Collins May 9, 2019 - 7:43 pm

          That’s why you especially need reparations

          • Mary July 29, 2019 - 7:31 am

            Start with Africa who sold their own into slavery to the slave traders from New York. Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island And Delaware.

          • Darrell Adams July 30, 2019 - 11:50 am

            Is that how all of the slaves got here? Really Mary? I have heard that rhetoric being tossed around like its an excuse of sorts but the truth is we know the vast number of slaves were trapped, kidnapped and brought here by a governmental system that encouraged and aided . Stop perpetuating this get out of jail free card.

          • Deshone Reed August 8, 2019 - 2:40 pm

            Pure pink disgusting trash disgusting trash

        • LVR August 28, 2019 - 1:13 pm

          Tyrone Collins,

          Reparations are something that would affect ALL people…even the ones who didn’t have any ancestors here at the time of slavery and had nothing to do with slavery. My ancestors are from Europe and my parents didn’t come to the states until 1969.

          Are you say my kids and I should have to PAY REPARATIONS even though my family nor I had ANYTHING TO DO WITH SLAVERY?!?

          Unfortunately we can’t do anything about the past but we can definitely try to do something about the future. We need to show our kids forgiveness and compassion toward our fellow man instead of waking this “dead horse” up every time something happens. Somebody ALWAYS has to bring in the color or race card…

          Everyone needs to stop being a CRY BABY, PUT ON YOUR BIG BOY/BIG GIRL DRAWERS and learn to get along with your fellow man!

          People are so pathetic and childish. GROW UP ALREADY!

          I have friends of all races, sexual orientation and religion but we’re all mature enough to put the past where it is…IN THE PAST! Life is too short to waste on looking back at something we can’t do anything about rather than looking ahead & doing what we can to make a better future for our children & all the future generations.

          God created us all and, ultimately, we all have the same FATHER.

          • sue June 23, 2020 - 10:03 pm

            Your family may have come here in 1969, but if you are someone categorized as “white,” you benefit from a system that was designed and maintained by white people. Even if you have problems in your life, they aren’t caused or exacerbated by perception of you based on your skin tone.

          • Stefan June 25, 2020 - 9:35 am

            “Interesting” perspective. Try to change your perspective and see if it works for a german who would say that to jews…. 😉

          • PAULETTE CLARK November 23, 2020 - 10:46 am

            You need to visit the Smithsonian African American Museum in
            DC and you will learn that EVERY EUROPEAN country participated in slavery some time in that country’s history. EVERY SINGLE COUNTRY. The US just held onto slavery the longest and mastered its brutality. So where ever your ancestors are from, they and you benefited from the inhumanity of slavery. Study some history, visit some museums (there are many all over the country) and then you may understand why “color and race” stay in our conversation.

          • ken February 4, 2021 - 3:02 pm

            as a fellow white american, you ARE the problem they keep telling us about. You and the people like you are complacent in & therefore complicit in the horrors that black americans have been subjected to and continue to be subjected to every day. Please re-read this article about how a 20,000+ person massacre committed on american soil was ENTIRELY ERASED from our history just to make you and me feel less white guilt, and try to use your head.

            Do you trust a government that forces lies down your throat to keep you ignorant of its history? Do you trust a society of people who are willing to help them erase the truth & our history just to avoid accepting a painful truth? If they were able to cover up a mass grave where we worked people to death and allowed women & children to starve to death without even burying their bodies, what else do you think they’re hiding about how our country has used & abused black people for personal gain? Are you really too cowardly to face up to your own history, even after a lifetime of watching black americans have to constantly face it for us?

            Do better. Learn more. Open your mind and your heart, you’ll learn to like what you find more than you enjoy blissful ignorance. Quit suckling the teat of your white supremacist government, and you might actually grow up.

    • Johnetta Goldsmith July 24, 2019 - 7:19 am

      I’d like to know a date when Dorothy Goldsmith posted her comment. Just checking because that’s my mother’s name. She is now deceased.

      • Traci Thomas July 25, 2019 - 2:02 pm

        Sorry for the loss of your mom. Dorothy Goldsmith’s post was September 10, 2016

      • Vera Bentley July 30, 2019 - 9:41 am

        We need to stamd up back i. this is no more
        Im not and i will die for my black kids
        They did dirtu shit and now itis time for them to pay for that

        • Dean October 16, 2019 - 10:46 am

          They can hate us but we are suppose to love and forgive them. To hell with that.

      • Lucas August 14, 2019 - 2:34 pm

        Wasn’t the slave shipment and market dominated by Jewish tribes?

        • Regina Renae Swan June 26, 2020 - 5:33 pm

          Please let them fools know that Jews has slaves and also that Jews got and get reparation’s and they were not even put in camps or killed by Americans but we have to pay for their sufferings but the country that harmed us and still is killing and lynching us won’t give us what we are due. Somebody tell me how the hell that makes any sense.

        • Beth July 26, 2020 - 2:29 pm

          The Jews had nothing to do with the African slave trade. An excellent book about the slave trade, based on facts but tracing the unbelievably harsh life of one person, is ‘The Book of Negroes’. However, those who want to turn others’ faces from the truth will blame the Jews. It’s easy to do and lets the real criminals off the hook.

      • Charles Kurault September 6, 2019 - 4:12 am

        Your post is a perfect demonstration of the stuipdity and ignorance,that is so pervasive amongst your ilk. Here’s a simple enough question for you,and I’ll type it slow…Do you think that the mistreatment of black people in America ended with slavery? Slavery is a two hundred year piece of a much larger picture,that is about four hundred years long. Slavery was the foundation upon which all other suffering was and is predicated…You had nothing to do with slavery…BUT YOU HAVE BENEFITTED FROM A SYSTEM CREATED BY SLAVERY…Can you understand that? Probably not,so I’ll try this another way…..You pay taxes to help maintain roads in America,that you may or may not use…You pay taxes for a myraid of services that you may or may not use…Fact is,they are there and perhaps one day,you will use and benefit from them….This is a privilege that all white people have enjoyed since 1619,in the Americas. And kudos for having friends of all races etc…That’s neither here nor there. I hope that this post has been helpful in enlightening you.

      • Virginia January 3, 2020 - 9:43 pm

        The date is right beside her post.

  • Joel Samuels September 13, 2016 - 6:24 pm

    This really accentuate’s.my long held point that blacks in this country should be duly compensated through educational reparations for starters.

    • Betty Soto March 3, 2018 - 4:41 am

      Joel Samuels, I hope you read this message. Contact us via blackisbackcoalition.org

      • Spartacus August 15, 2019 - 9:03 am

        You are right, start with education first. It hurts my eyes when I read comments like the one of Vera’s Bentley.

    • Mary September 21, 2018 - 3:01 pm

      How about receiving compensation from the states of New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Delaware and Rhode Is. These states received a fortune thru the slave trade business. If you go online, you can google a list of slave owners. Also, sue the countries in Africa who were responsible for trading their own into slave trade.

    • Mrs Nakajima November 16, 2018 - 1:21 am

      If people of slave ancestry should be duly compensated, then why not those of our indigenous forebears? Seems to me … . But, what I’d like to know is, if the Union soldiers were fighting to retain the USA, and against slavery, why would the Union soldiers initiate a concentration camp which resulted in many deaths of ‘recaptured’ slaves? Are we talking about Holocaust survivor concentration camps in Germany, Poland and Austria, Rwanda slaughterers or the American concentration camps for Japanese-Americans in the USA? In any way you look at innocent people died. Did they die from hardships, starvation, tuberculosis and physical traumas or were they systematically killed?

      • Mrs. Evans December 17, 2018 - 5:08 pm

        You are ignorant and need to not speak on this.Go look up all the other groups of people that have been paid reparations from the US government. Native black Americans decedents of slaves are owed and it’s past due.

        • Samantha May 20, 2019 - 8:02 pm

          The civil war was not to free slaves. That was an after thought.

          • F.L. Boyd June 26, 2019 - 9:51 am

            Blacks with an entitled mentality will always whine and complain. Want the government to pay you just because you were borne. Pathetic. My Irish ancestors were persecuted when they immigrated to the USA during the potato famine of the late 1800s. But I don’t expect to be paid for their suffering. How about the Chinese? Brought to America to dig train tunnels and mines. Persecuted by Americans. There was an Anti-Chinese Act in the early 1900s where Chinese Citizens were rooted out and sent back to China – even if they held property rights. Too bad America didn’t send all the Black people back to Africa

          • Deshone Reed August 8, 2019 - 2:48 pm

            Listen you piece of s*** go back to Ireland then blacks are being discriminated against and being oppressed right now and it has never stopped if you don’t understand that you pink disgusting f****** dirty Pig don’t f****** make comments f****** dirty Pig the bottom line is they better admit it to a present other races and have compensated and they’ve never once admitted that they have destroyed the black race and is still are steel taking actions for us to be totally eradicated at some point if the world is not eradicated before that I’m pretty much think myself the world will be eradicated before that and with clowns like you weren’t walking around you’re just a walking f****** demon

          • Deshone Reed August 8, 2019 - 2:51 pm

            2fl Boyd are they selling Blunts and your neighborhoods to your teenagers have they closed the majority of schools down and your neighborhood have they arrested and given the average 16 15 year old kid in your neighborhood of record so I can be in the system at have a nice percentage of your young teens being shot in are in games that are on f****** drugs systematically were your children raised in buildings with 400 to 500 people in them and corrupt activity going on and you have to live next to that person for years should I keep going on listen don’t make f****** comments because you just erases disgusting Pig

        • Deshone Reed August 8, 2019 - 2:46 pm

          110% that’s why the one guy that’s on the video I forget his name he speaks a lot of knowledge and it teaches you that you are all not descendants from Africans but also indigenous people from this country already and he says that all blacks do not deserve Reformation yes they do at the end of the day where you’re from or where you’re at we were all enslaved and treated like absolute dogshit till this day our children are affected by their actions totally right now and now they’re selling all of our kids these blunt wrappers and every Indian gas station in every neighborhood with the assistance and in our demise you people have no clue and this here really really showed me the devil’s Punchbowl was f****** deep I did not know that I know they never stop hating us but I didn’t know that we allowed them to treat us like that thousands of them there’s no way I would have not revolted and succeeded against those demons I would have killed them in their f****** sleep all of them in one night in any clown that got in my way and decides he want to be a house Niger would have died that night also this is disgraceful that they did this now I really really really really really despise their actions and their gains.

      • Greg S. May 13, 2019 - 3:14 am

        I agree there are a lot of un answered questions. Ive read estimates of a 1,000 died not 20,000 and there is no possible way to know whats true or not because there was no written count just peoples estimates that turned to stories and we all know how story’s get stretched. The estimate of 100,000 blacks coming to that town who did all that counting ? Answer nobody ! I do want to read more about this from several historian views not from some dude who worked at a cemetery !

        • PJ Skipper from Natchez/Vidalia La June 25, 2019 - 3:19 pm

          This is true. The Civil War wasnt to free the slaves. It was to punish the states that rebel. The ones that joined the Union kept their slaves.

          • Lady K August 3, 2019 - 3:20 pm

            I have read most of the post and as I think to myself there no amount compensation that anyone can give me for my ancestors.. Everywhere I turn there is a new hidden story everyday. I saw one post that said why should the government pay someone for being born “pathetic” and I assume that is the man or woman of color.. Well needless to say the Blacks have been a target for many years and continues to be..The only thing I would like for this country to do is be fair and treat everyone like they deserved to be treated.. One thing I’m glad about is there is a true and living God and he will judge..

        • mary A banks July 6, 2019 - 10:29 am

          I know for a fact my ancestors were here in the 1700. and not from Africa. So to the person who wrote they should have sent slaves back to Africa you really need to know what you’re talking about. My ancestors were already here.

        • D.B. July 6, 2019 - 5:48 pm

          F.L. Boyd- Do not try to play and act as if the Irish did not receive your reparations, in fact, you all were more like indentured servants and got a better experience outside of your stank, dusty country at the the time. Like the the last person said, you need not to speak on this issue and know there is a huge difference between what black Americans went through versus other groups but you wouldn’t understand because you’re too narrow minded and spiritually dead. Blacks didn’t have to go and still have to go no where we built this nation.

      • Rhett Bice June 14, 2019 - 12:52 pm

        The women and children were blocked in by cement walls and they died of starvation and small pox. The walls are still there. It seems as if perhaps the white people who control the land there now are trying to keep the story of this massive atrocity a secret!!

        • Louis Brown September 12, 2019 - 10:48 pm

          The same way they beat black Jesus he live on the Earth. White people had Good all. Y”all life.. Y”all took us for African brought us make us slave .White men sleep.with black women ..took land for. Indian.put them on reservation.u have the KKK to destroyed Black wall st. Tulsa ok

  • Albert Champion September 13, 2016 - 8:24 pm

    So much that was hidden from US.

  • Yeshayah Ben Yisrael October 2, 2016 - 12:27 pm

    Revelation 17:5-6, 12 (KJV)
    6 And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration.
    So the “Devils Punch Bowl” as a name is no accident.
    As far as reparations and such, don’t ask for, look for, nor expect it; It’s warm milk and a pacifier, the both of which will lul you back to sleep. The Bible says….
    Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV)
    19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
    20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
    21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
    Be patient and be content with what you have (sometimes easier said than done,) endure to the end, keep the faith, follow his Laws statutes and commandments and your reward will be eternal. In Yahwashi Mashiac’s holy name (whom some may call Jesus the Messiah,) Ahmen.

    • James Wright July 4, 2018 - 1:46 pm

      Son of Israel please define the name Yeshayah.
      This is taken directly from the Dead Sea Scroll. Take keen notice how it mentions Salvation (Yesha). Do not be deceived by the modern law-keepers and sacred-name Hebrew-roots movements that are full of heresy and who deny YASHAYA the Messiah.
      The following “guess” names by scholars and other name pundits are all FALSE:

      Yahushawah, Yeshua, Yashua, Yahusha, Yahwsha, Yahusha, Yahawashi, Joshua, Jesus, God (to list only a sample of the false names being claimed to be the sacred name).

  • Matthew Lieff October 7, 2016 - 7:25 pm

    There should be an archeological dig to find out what happened. The Federal government should buy the land and pay archeologists needed to do the job. With modern technology, we should be able to find out now.

    • Bill March 25, 2018 - 7:48 am

      Matthew, the land is now privately owned. I don’t think we will ever know how many died there. To find out we would have to 1) get the owners permission to dig 2) clear the brush away 3) start digging and you might have to go deep since the bluffs have shed a lot of soil over 150 years. Don’t expect the Feds to pay. They are not anxious to reveal what the US Army did down there!!

      • Samantha May 20, 2019 - 8:06 pm

        Why would the government dig up what they’ve worked so hard to conceal?

  • Jesse November 29, 2016 - 9:54 am

    It’s no wonder our DNA was altered. This is trauma!

    • David Perrin February 16, 2018 - 10:36 am

      The evil that occurred then is still in our presence. the saying:, “A leopard does not change its spots”.
      Just saying. We are no different, neither are “they”. They still have all of the power, we do not.

      • Robert July 17, 2018 - 3:35 pm

        No different are so many today with the same mentality, who shall lift up their eyes with their ancestors in Hell for all eternity.

      • Rhett Bice June 14, 2019 - 1:27 pm

        Our country should have cleansed the south of racism long ago. The civil war was an incomplete job! It’s time for this country to finish the job and root the racists out of the schools, and out of the churches and government institutions. It’s time to take over the schools down there and teach the children how to be decent human beings. We should teach them to hate their racist ancestry!!


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

  • JAMES H HAYES June 1, 2017 - 7:05 pm

    This story is a MYTH made up by Confederate sympathizers.

    • Indian Andy July 21, 2017 - 7:43 pm

      You wish! Every bit of it is true.

    • Charles M Lamb March 5, 2018 - 4:38 pm

      Hey man, don’t just say it is fake news. PROVE it is fake news, and then you mite not come across as bigoted an ignorant.

    • Bill March 25, 2018 - 3:48 pm

      No it is not a myth. A friend of mine from Natchez was told by older black people that it is true. They heard it from their parents and grandparents who were there.

    • Robert July 17, 2018 - 3:41 pm

      I guess slavery was fake, you sound like Trump, fake news, lol, no I know of other similar stories handed down through black families , that will make your skin crawl, don’t worry God will handle it all in the end or is that also fake?

      • Antoinette Harrell December 13, 2018 - 2:55 pm

        Hi Bill, can you contact me at afrienah@yahoo.com to discuss your friend what your friend told you? Is that friend still living?

    • sandra fort September 11, 2020 - 4:53 pm

      PSLAMS 83:2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
      3They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
      4They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
      5For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
      6The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarites;

  • M June 6, 2017 - 4:08 pm

    I had no clue! ZERO!!! I grew up in Concordia parish and heard tales of the Devil’s Punch bowl having an airplane in the bottom, but never anything as horrible as this! No one was to ever go into it because you never came out! My condolences to the families that lost ancestors.

  • Jamie Swanson July 8, 2017 - 2:07 am

    And you’re basing your facts on what? Was you actually there or were you the only survivor of this horrific incident? I just don’t see how you can be so biased about what is and/or can be factual history!!! Do you have a degree in African American studies? Probably not… so how dare you fix your fingers to type ludicrous, indignant crap. Fake News…. you sound like punk ass Donald Trump.

    • Felicia August 4, 2017 - 7:37 am

      The intelligent thing to do Jamie is to do your own research and then determine if it is fake news. Be of a better quality of an individual.

      • AUDREY June 3, 2019 - 10:34 pm

        Jamie, we can turn that question around, were you there? I dont doubt it happened, the amount of people is more likely than not stretched to the max, so where did 120000 freed slaves come from at once and from where? My readings were that they traveled mostly alone not to be detected by haters and better chances of finding work for their families and a home. Why influx Natchez? My last thought is if reparations are to be paid, every Irish American and even the Italians would deserve reparations. Im Irish, descendants from Scotland, Ireland, we came on ships as slaves too. Not every white person owned slaves, some were. God bless all my relatives that were also treated inhumane. It wasnt me, so unless youre a living slave, which is most unlikely, you didnt suffer so no one owes us anything.

        • JL June 21, 2019 - 9:09 pm

          You are no doubt either a white troll or a useless Negropean. In either case the question is why in the hell are you on this thread spreading this invective? I dare you to posit the same heartless and white supremacist vitriol against the Zionist Jews of Isreael, Japanese-Americans or Native Americans. When it comes time to compensate our ancestors, there is always “hmming and hawing”;there is always “white-splaining”.

        • Marce October 9, 2020 - 5:43 pm

          No. Your family were not slaves. They could not be bought and sold. And their children could not be bought and sold. They might have been indentured servants, who were treated very badly, but they were not slaves. Please learn the difference.

  • Indian Andy July 21, 2017 - 7:42 pm

    The Union Army did this. Democrats!

    • Bill Finzel September 19, 2017 - 12:21 am

      Indian Andy: If the Union Army did this, then it was the Republicans of that time.

      • James Leith July 5, 2019 - 12:54 pm

        White splaining?

    • Charles M Lamb March 5, 2018 - 4:39 pm

      NO, the union army was run by Republicans, as was the post war country.

  • Kris August 15, 2017 - 9:30 pm

    You really think the Feds are going to acknowledge this even exist..much less excavate it?

  • Lisa Lazarus August 19, 2017 - 8:27 am

    It happened just like Black Wall Street, Rosewood, Emmet Till, and Trayvon Martin. You will never stop and you never will. Your hate will dry you up and you will die off on your own. You hate is so strong it makes the people who you hate hate themselves. Only you can stop it, all the marching and protesting won’t do anything.

    • Jonathan Boyd June 19, 2018 - 8:34 am

      You should go to jail for grouping Trayvon Martin and black wall street. You are scum and you are absolutely the problem

  • Linda Fulgium August 23, 2017 - 2:04 pm

    This should point to the civil war wasn’t about freeing slaves untill Lincoln made it about slavery in 1863 w/imancipation proclamation

    • Bill Finzel September 19, 2017 - 12:33 am

      Linda Fulgium: True: the Civil War wasn’t about freeing the slaves. The Civil War was about the South (Confederacy) starting the war, in order to secede, in order to continue the institution of slavery. The North (Union) fought back, to preserve the union. So you’re mostly right, and just a smidgen wrong. There were of course, many in the North wanting to end slavery, but the war started by the South wanting to keep doing it. Also: the Emancipation Proclamation was what made the North’s position against slavery formally official, rather than just a part of their reasons, so you’re 99% correct there too. NOTE: I am mostly splitting hairs in detail, rather than arguing against your points, which are basically correct.

  • JR September 15, 2017 - 6:44 am

    Sounds like modern day FEMA.

    • Bill Finzel September 19, 2017 - 12:35 am

      JR: Are you talking about the FEMA internment camp myth? The story line about those FEMA camps IS a myth.

    • Les Green December 27, 2017 - 5:46 pm

      The emancipation Proclamation didn’t really free the southern slaves. What it actually did was make the freed southern slaves wards of whatever state they were enslaved to. How did it occur? Well, when the southern slaves were supposedly freed; they actually had nowhere to go, so whatever southern state that freed them, in actuality started charging them with the crime of vagrancy/loitering and started giving the accused ex slave very severe sentences. Some of the sentences given were 10-20 years of hard labor. So, by giving thousands of freed slaves these convictions they (the Confederate States) were still able to rebuild the south after the Civil War.

    • James July 5, 2019 - 12:57 pm

      The civil war started and was fought over the same thing that all wars are fought over,

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

  • Shonda Conerly October 2, 2017 - 7:49 am

    Yeah if its so fake what about the slaughtered in the camp area in centreville,ms of union soldiers camp van dorm I think that’s the correct spelling look it up cause the united states government covered that up and I met the author personally that wrote the book and researched it.

  • Patti McClendon October 11, 2017 - 7:16 pm

    This is a fictional book written by Greg Isles!!!!!

  • Jessica Johnson February 6, 2018 - 10:24 pm

    Fuck You!

  • Sfh1 February 9, 2018 - 8:29 am

    It’s a shame that we have to guess about our past history and such a horrific story COULD BE TRUE!
    Some of our history has been verified and some a myth. I hope it’s not true, but it’s possible. Very sad.

    • maryann hayes February 16, 2018 - 12:26 pm

      i double fuck you

      • AUDREY June 3, 2019 - 10:38 pm

        Jamie, we can turn that question around, were you there? I dont doubt it happened, the amount of people is more likely than not stretched to the max, so where did 120000 freed slaves come from at once and from where? My readings were that they traveled mostly alone not to be detected by haters and better chances of finding work for their families and a home. Why influx Natchez? My last thought is if reparations are to be paid, every Irish American and even the Italians would deserve reparations. Im Irish, descendants from Scotland, Ireland, we came on ships as slaves too. Not every white person owned slaves, some were. God bless all my relatives that were also treated inhumane. It wasnt me, so unless youre a living slave, which is most unlikely, you didnt suffer so no one owes us anything.stop being stupid, you werent a fucking slave

        • JL June 21, 2019 - 9:20 pm

          Why are you even here on this thread? I want you to redistribute that same indignation and tell the Jews and Japanese-Americans that! The Irish slavery propoganda is more of petuchulant so-called whites whining whenever the narrative is not about them. The Irish slave myth has been debunked years ago by the white establishment (The New York times). Your white supremacist diatirbe against us Africoids shows your lack of sincerity and duplicity. We owe you devils that work against us no explaination. You are the damned disease that has run rampant on this planet for the last 500 years.

        • JL June 21, 2019 - 9:24 pm

          Why are you even here on this thread? The Irish slavery propoganda is more of petuchulant so-called whites whining whenever the narrative is not about them. The Irish slave myth has been debunked years ago by the white establishment (The New York times). Your white supremacist diatirbe against us Africoids shows your lack of sincerity and duplicity. We owe you devils that work against us no explaination. You are the damned disease that has run rampant on this planet for the last 500 years.

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  • Kathleen Condrick February 20, 2018 - 11:15 pm

    Wow I didn’t know this thank you for sharing

  • Kathleen Condrick February 20, 2018 - 11:21 pm

    Les Thank you for sharing this piece of history which IMO happened too. If someone doesn’t think it happened that’s there opinion and we all have a right to express our opinions and share our grief and learn about history especially now it’s black history month and I’m Caucasian and understand feels to be rejected shamed And God only know how anyone could just let someone die in a pit of hard labor and starvation and not care is beyond my comprehension and I can see some people reject it could of happened too but sadly I really think it did.

  • Kathleen Condrick February 20, 2018 - 11:38 pm

    Patti McClendoN I looked up the book and it is a story about casinos and gambling on boats with the title of the book being the devils punch bowl.

  • Kathleen Condrick February 20, 2018 - 11:42 pm

    With the title of the book being the same name described here I can see why you would think this. Slavery is real and we all are in some kind of way slaves to to something someone etc.
    My condolences to everyone whom lost there connection to the ancestors throughout lifetimes from tragedies such as this and the current ones we face today with mass shootings murders etc

  • Kris Carmichael February 21, 2018 - 12:42 am

    Slavery had earlier been practiced in England, but they had stopped it some years prior to the War Between the States. Some Northern states were also slave states, but when Lincoln delivered his Emancipation Address, it was designed to free only the slaves in the South, not the North..go figure. But there was an incident with respect to the “Trent Affair” which almost brought Britain into war on the side of the South, so in part, Lincoln may have issued his famous Emancipation address to extend a hand to London. You see the Trent was a British ship and on it were Southern diplomats enroute to England to lobby for the war effort and achieve closer ties per the textile (cotton) industry in Britain. However this ship while enroute to London, was stopped and boarded by a Yankee warship. It was summarily towed into Boston Harbor with much fanfare and celebration. The Southern diplomats were detained/arrested as were the British crew. Well, Lincoln received a communication from London basically stating that unless the British Ship was released, along with its crew and Southern Diplomats, a state of war would exist between Britain and Washington. Well, Lincoln complied with London’s demand, even as redcoats were gathering on the Canadian border for a possible invasion. Of course they don’t tell you this, but yeah, in a effort to smooth over things with London, Lincoln (2 years into the war) decided to figuratively release the slaves in Southern States only. Of Course it didn’t have much weight due to the state of war. But it did seem to keep the Brits from joining up with the South, but given the English London establishment and the Scottish/Irish South, I seriously doubt in the South had a chance of British help, I mean gee, the Scot/Irish has been the enemy of the English for over a thousand years, the war between the states was only a continuation of that hostility. But yes the Devil’s Punchbowl was a Union run encampment, and there were others set up around the south. The south was not permitted to have such camps, because they were of a martial/military order. These existed at the end of the war to basically provide forts for yankee encampments but the one in Natchez was nothing short of an “Extermination Camp”. Newly freed slaves, would make their way to these camps as a stop over to travel further up river in hopes of building lives for themselves. The old southern plantations were broke, they could not sustain their own families, much less a huge population of freed slaves, so the newly freed slaves, sought out the yankee camps, since they were from all accounts, the ones by whose hand they were made free..right? But these camps became “Extermination” camps, hard labor and sickness ram rampant in the Devils Punchbowl. Wasn’t just a few hundred that died, it was in the hundreds of thousands. There is a legend spoke of in Natchez, that the citizens of Natchez learned of the plight of the black people, and tried to sneak food into the camps for them, bribing the Yanks I suppose. But regardless, the only fatality of the fall of Natchez was a little Jewish girl, that for some reason the yankee gunboats took aim at. How odd I thought, a little Jewish girl in which Hitler would consign her people to the gas chambers of the holocaust, and there was a Holocaust going on in the Devils punchbowl, but nobody speaks of it. But I think on that day, many will be the slaves who will rise in testimony of the truth, and speak against those who today embrace a far greater slavery of mind and heart, where the chains of ignorance and political expediency are just as strong as the metal they broke, a long, long time ago. For no war can remove such chains, for only the heart and mind can do that..

  • H. Stewart March 2, 2018 - 9:14 am

    Wow, I thought I knew a lot about our history. I never heard of this place until today. I’m definitely gonna research it and learn more

    • Tom April 24, 2018 - 9:43 am

      It was not just former slaves that were sent to concentration camps. A little know fact was that in Sherman’s sacking of Atlanta, women and children working in textile mills and other industries were considered contraband. They were loaded into wagons and sent to camps up north. After the war they were turned loose to find their own way home.

    • Mrs Edwina Pope January 27, 2019 - 5:42 pm

      Hello Kris Carmichael,
      wow! I have truly enjoyed reading your dissertation (my summation) on the Devil’s Punch Bowl.
      You have influenced me to revisit the study of American History.

      Thank you for sharing your rich knowledge, with me.

  • Awakened March 2, 2018 - 12:36 pm

    Why do we expect people to admit how evil their lineage is? What does someone have to gain by admitting they are the descendants of beings that have caused chaos and death everywhere they’ve gone on Earth. It boggles my mind to see us beg for their understanding. Let us understand. Fuck them.

  • Betty Soto March 3, 2018 - 4:43 am

    For all of you on this feed who are serious about what you say, let us rally to be the change we so drastically need. Contact us via blackisbackcoalition.org

  • Derrick Smith March 5, 2018 - 3:31 pm

    I would like to look more into this before I pass judgement…

  • Lettie Mitchell-Anderson March 6, 2018 - 7:27 am

    You sir, are more of a fake than this story. Do your research and then comment. Or you might want to look up the words ” human compassion. “

  • Lettie Mitchell-Anderson March 6, 2018 - 7:28 am

    You sir, are more of a fake than this story. Do your research and then comment. Or you might want to look up the words ” human compassion. ”

    May you have a blessed day!

  • Jerimiah Dawson March 19, 2018 - 12:06 am

    Getting nostalgic reading about the good old days

  • JENNIFER OXENDINE March 26, 2018 - 3:29 pm

    awkward, u have to understand my friend that hate is taught. Their is still alot of hate out here but i also see it in your comment. We cant blame the decendents of thoese people who commited this evil. Every white person is not like that. God never allows things to happen without a reason something far beyound we could ever imagine. Know u are kings and queens forever from the begining of time. U are Gods choosen people remember that the next time anger rises within u i know u are mad i am to i know u are hurt i am to but we must be better than this. Remember my friend the last shall be first and the first shall be last until then keep your head up and be strong my brothers and sisters.

  • Athetra Hill May 16, 2018 - 1:16 pm

    I want my subscription cancelled

  • Rainey May 24, 2018 - 6:00 am

    That’s always what they tell blacks. But only blacks to quiet them down. Everyone else gets reparations.

  • Steven May 24, 2018 - 2:51 pm

    This current federal government wants to do more of this right now. So forget about them trying to look into the past. Why would they? More than half of the government officials would rather wish us away than deal with us on any level. If they could bring back slavery they would. As it is they are using the prison system for profit.

  • James Wright July 4, 2018 - 4:09 pm

    Son of Israel please define the name Yeshayah. It is not the Name of Yashaya the savior.

    This is taken directly from the Dead Sea Scroll. Take keen notice how it mentions Salvation (Yesha). Do not be deceived by the modern law-keepers and sacred-name Hebrew-roots movements that are full of heresy and who deny YASHAYA the Messiah.
    The following “guess” names by scholars and other name pundits are all FALSE and cannot be proven bt ANY text before Greek:

    Yahushawah, Yeshua, Yashua, Yahusha, Yahwsha, Yahusha, Yahawashi, Joshua, Jesus (Greek, son of Zeus), (to list only a sample of the false names being claimed to be the sacred name).
    Not only is the letter “J” non-existent in the Hebrew alphabet, the first writing of the KJV in 1700’s. The letter “I” was used not the letter “J”. In 1524 the letter “J” was introduced as a sub for the letter “I” but pronounced the same. It was not widely used in any language until the 1600’s that includes Greek which was used in the first translation. In Greek Jesus means “son of Zeus”, a pagan God. In Spanish, Jesus is “Hey’Zeus”.
    The Phoenician alphabet was integrated into the Hebrew alphabet to facilitate trade. The Phoenicians had the largest navy of that time and the largest traders during that time. The Phoenician alphabet was given to the Greeks that had no formal language nor alphabet. The Greeks gave the alphabet to the Romans and the Romans gave the alphabet to the Germans and that’s how a formal language entered the Anglo-Saxon people in Europe. There was a similar process with the use and adoption of general mathematics including raising a number to a power, Astrology, medicine, surgery and other scientific disciplines. They were the old world scholars.

  • Gary Huff July 16, 2018 - 2:31 pm

    The North started the Civil War. Seven southern states had seceded peacefully from the Union before Lincoln was inaugurated in March of 1861. The Charleston harbor was the major export route for southern cotton to Europe. Lincoln and the northern businesses wanted that cotton to be made into clothes in the northern factories. So, Lincoln moved the Union Fort Moultrie on Sullivan Island to Fort Sumter, a small island in Charleston Harbor that could be defended better from attack. Lincoln began preparing to blockade the harbor by adding cannon and enforcement personnel to Fort Sumter. South Caroline demanded several times for the Union to cease fortifying for war. Lincoln denied the requests. Rather than have their harbor blockaded, South Carolina fired on the fort. Remember this…. “It is not the side that fires the first shot who starts the war. It is the side that causes the first shot to be fired.”. The North started the war and did so for economic reasons. The south paid the majority of taxes.

  • Angelisa July 23, 2018 - 10:56 pm

    It is a true event. Their skulls are crying every night. The state can buy the land and dig up the bodies if it wanted to. Why would anyone wanna own 20,000 sets of bones, unless the land owner’s a freak.

  • J August 13, 2018 - 11:17 pm

    I am from concordia as well I heard an airplane flew in it I heard pirates use to hide treasure there my dad told me it was a grave and I never believed him… Very sad…

  • Jacqueline Bass September 9, 2018 - 4:37 am

    So sorry to hear…What they did to your Descendants, it’s despicable to think that, that kind of evil exists…But Black People know it does, what makes this All the more disgusting? Is these were FREE Black People, like We supposedly are!
    To wall off Human Beings n a Concentration Camp & then starve them is a different kind of Evil!!!My Descendants were from the Rosewood, so I feel your pain…The atrocities committed against Our Elders & Us, should still be able to be prosecuted there should be no statue of limitations for these executions!

    • Nan June 7, 2019 - 3:00 am

      It was 180 years ago. They are all long dead. The Yankees that did this cannot be held accountable. Should we still hate the British?? No we shouldn’t. It does no good to try and project slavery onto present day problems.

  • Da November 28, 2018 - 9:07 pm

    This really saddens me!
    My father was born in Natchez, Mississippi.He never wanted anyone to know he was from Mississippi!My father was a great man, and never mentioned this horrific history! I wonder if he ever knew!Strong HATE!Only because the color of one’s skin!SAD!!!!

    • Audrey June 3, 2019 - 10:48 pm

      So who are you going to prosecute, lady? The slave owners, the soldiers, theyre dead!

  • Tee March 9, 2019 - 3:33 am

    To know how evil someone is will let you know what it is you are dealing with…. the truth is some people have an innate form of wickedness

  • Tee March 9, 2019 - 3:37 am

    And these people call themselves human… cry about a dog a horse Any thing but a human if another race the black race… monsters, too much

  • Emma Love April 7, 2019 - 3:10 pm

    Hey, how’s it going?

    I want to pass along some very important news that everyone needs to hear!

    In December of 2017, Donald Trump made history by recognizing Jerusalem as the captial of Israel. Why is this big news? Because by this the Jewish people of Israel are now able to press forward in bringing about the Third Temple prophesied in the Bible.

    The Jewish people deny Jesus as their Messiah and have stated that their Messiah has been identified and is waiting to be revealed. They say this man will rule the world under a one world religion called “spiritualism”.

    They even printed a coin to raise money for the Temple with Donald Trumps face on the front and with king Cyrus'(who built the second Temple) behind him. On the back of the coin is an image of the third Temple.

    The Bible says this false Messiah who seats himself in the Third Temple will be thee antichrist that will bring about the Great Tribulation, though the Jewish people believe he will bring about world peace. It will be a false peace for a period of time. You can watch interviews of Jewish Rabbi’s in Israel speaking of these things. They have their plans set in place. It is only years away!

    More importantly, the power that runs the world wants to put a RFID microchip in our body making us total slaves to them. This chip matches perfectly with the Mark of the Beast in the Bible, more specifically Revelation 13:16-18:

    He causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and slave, to receive a mark on their right hand or on their foreheads, and that no one may buy or sell except one who has the mark or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.

    Here is wisdom. Let him who has understanding calculate the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man: His number is 666.

    Referring to the last days, this could only be speaking of a cashless society, which we have yet to see, but are heading towards. Otherwise, we could still buy or sell without the mark amongst others if physical money was still currency. RFID microchip implant technology will be the future of a one world cashless society containing digital currency. It will be implanted in the right-hand or the forehead, and we cannot buy or sell without it! We must grow strong in Jesus. AT ALL COSTS, DO NOT TAKE IT!

    Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” (Revelation 14:9-11).

    People have been saying the end is coming for many years, but we need two key things. One, the Third Temple, and two, the technology for a cashless society to fulfill the prophecy of the Mark of the Beast.


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