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Collection Reference Number GLC08419
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to the 1860s 
Title A bill to provide for the employment of free negroes and slaves to work upon fortifications and the defences of the country
Date 15 December 1864
Author Congress of the Confederate States  
Document Type Government document; Legal document
Content Description Senate Bill 129, passed by the Confederate Senate 13th December 1864. Ordered to be printed by the House of Representatives 15 December 1864. States that "The Congress of the Confederate States of American do enact, That all free male negroes, between the ages of eighteen and fifty years, shall be held liable to perform any labor or discharge any duties with the army ... such as working upon fortifications, producing and preparing materials of war, building and preparing roads and bridges ... " Includes guidelines for the impressment of slaves, placing the Secretary of War and the general commanding the trans-Mississippi department in charge of impressment procedures. Contains the name of James H. Nash, Confederate Secretary of State. Contains 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 Nash, James H. (fl. 1864)  
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