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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to the 1860s
|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
|6 May 1864
|Congress of the Confederate States
|Government document; Legal document
|(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.
|Civil War Military History Confederate States of America Labor Slavery African American History Government and Civics Infrastructure Agriculture and Animal Husbandry Freemen Fortification Impressment
|Orr, J. L. (James Lawrence) (1822-1873)
|The American Civil War; African Americans; Slavery & Abolition; Government & Politics
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1860-1945
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945