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Collection Reference Number GLC02849
From Archive Folder Unassociated Civil War Documents 1862 
Title Charles G. Sawtellet to Perley P. Pitkin about rations for freed slaves working for the Union Army
Date 24 July 1862
Author Sawtelle, Charles G. (1834-1913)  
Recipient Pitkin, Perley P.  
Document Type Military document
Content Description General order instructs Pitkin to send "a competent person" to meet "five hundred contrabands" and bring them rations. "Contrabands" were freed slaves employed by the Union army. Written as Captain. Written at Harrison's Landing, Virginia.
Subjects African American History  Slavery  Civil War  Military History  Union Forces  Contrabands  Military Provisions  
People Sawtelle, Charles Greene (1834-1913)  Pitkin, Perley Peabody (1826-1891)  
Place written Charles City, Virginia
Theme The American Civil War; African Americans; Slavery & Abolition
Sub-collection Papers and Images of the American Civil War
Additional Information Charles G. Sawtelle was a captain and assistant quartermaster in the Union Army, rose to the rank of Brigadier General and became Quartermaster General in 1896. Perley P. Pitkin was a Captain and Assistant Quartermaster in the Union Army, later promoted Colonel and Quartermaster.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Civil War, Reconstruction and the Modern Era: 1860-1945
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