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Collection Reference Number GLC08979.04
From Archive Folder Confederate acts and resolutions 
Title A bill to be entitled an act to increase the efficiency of the army by the employment of free negroes and slaves in certain capacities
Date 5 January 1864
Document Type Military document
Content Description Confederate act stating "free negroes and slaves" shall be enlisted to work as teamsters for the Confederate army. "The efficiency of the army is greatly diminished by the withdrawal from the ranks of able-bodied soldiers to act as teamsters...therefore...all free male negroes resident in the Confederate States, between the ages of eighteen and fifty years, shall be held liable to perform such the way of work upon fortifications, or in Government works for the production or preparation of material of war, or in military hospitals, as the Secretary of War may from time to time perscribe." They will be fed, clothed, and paid eleven dollars a month. The same laws apply to slaves, except that the payment will go to their owners. With stamp of the war department.
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Confederate States of America  Law  Impressment  Conscription  African American Troops  African American History  Slavery  Freemen  Labor  Government and Civics  Fortification  Soldier's Pay  Clothing and Accessories  Military Provisions  Hospital  
Place written Richmond, Virginia
Theme The American Civil War; Slavery & Abolition; African Americans
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945