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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Confederate acts and resolutions
|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
|5 January 1864
|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 duties...in 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.
|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
|The American Civil War; Slavery & Abolition; African Americans
|Papers and Images of the American Civil War
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945