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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to the 1860s
|Amendment for an act authorizing the employment of free African Americans
|17 February 1864
|Congress of the Confederate States
|Government document; Legal document
|(Senate Bill, No. 109) Increases compensation given to free African Americans for their employment. Authorizes the Secretary of War to employ 40,000 slaves instead of 20,000 for governmental service. Empowers the Secretary of War to impress 40,000 slaves if they will not willingly offer their service. States "by Mr. Henry" (possibly Gustavus Adolphus Henry, a Confederate congressman). Establishes guidelines for impressment. Includes a Rebel Archives stamp. Possibly created in Richmond, Virginia.
|Civil War Military History African American History Slavery Labor Government and Civics Freemen Impressment Confederate General or Leader
|Henry, Gustavus A. (Gustavus Adolphus) (1804-1880)
|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