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Collection Reference Number GLC08420
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to the 1860s 
Title A bill to increase the efficiency of the army by the employment of free negroes and slaves in certain capacities, and to repeal an act for the enlistment of cooks
Date 6 May 1864
Author Congress of the Confederate States  
Document Type Government document; Legal document
Content Description (Senate Bill No. 49) States "it shall be the duty of the Secretary of War to have employed one hundred thousand slaves, as provided in said act, if so many should be necessary, to work upon fortifications, or government works, for the production or preparation of material of war ... " Reports that slaves shall receive rations and clothing while employed, and that their owners will be compensated six dollars per month for each slave. States that cooks employed should not exceed one for every ten privates. Repeals an act approved 21 April 1862 for the enlistment of cooks in the army. States "By Mr. Orr" (possibly James Lawrence Orr, Confederate Senator). Includes a Rebel Archives stamp. Possibly created in Richmond, Virginia.
Subjects Civil War  Military History  Confederate States of America  Labor  Slavery  African American History  Government and Civics  Infrastructure  Agriculture and Animal Husbandry  Freemen  Fortification  Impressment  
People Orr, J. L. (James Lawrence) (1822-1873)  
Place written s.l.
Theme The American Civil War; African Americans; Slavery & Abolition; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945