They couldn’t send them north. Thy northern states didn’t want them. Many northern states had laws against “Negros” moving into the state.
Here is a good article about the northern states’ “Black Codes”.
correct, Lincoln himself voted to keep blacks out of IL.
Either way we all look at it , I think we all have to admit that over 600,000 people lost their lives, the south lost at least two generations and millions of blacks were going around the country wiht no idea what to do and yes many women were raped, killed etc,
A tragedy , a true tragedy.