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

9 Posted by - November 23, 2016 - 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.


source http://www.chocolatecity.cc/2014/07/06/the-devils-punchbowl-a-u-s-concentration-camp-for-black-slaves/


  • Levian January 31, 2016 - 6:06 pm Reply

    Wow…learn something new everyday.

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

    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.

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

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

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

    So much that was hidden from US.

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

    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.

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

    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.

  • Jesse November 29, 2016 - 9:54 am Reply

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


  • […] 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 Reply

    This story is a MYTH made up by Confederate sympathizers.

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

      You wish! Every bit of it is true.

  • M June 6, 2017 - 4:08 pm Reply

    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 Reply

    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 Reply

      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.

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

    The Union Army did this. Democrats!

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

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

  • Kris August 15, 2017 - 9:30 pm Reply

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

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

    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.

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

    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 Reply

      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 Reply

    Sounds like modern day FEMA.

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

      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 Reply

      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.

  • […] 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 Reply

    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 Reply

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

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