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Scott, Winfield (1786-1866) General orders: No. 101

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00911.02 Author/Creator: Scott, Winfield (1786-1866) Place Written: Vera Cruz, Mexico Type: Document Date: 9 April 1847 Pagination: 2 p. ; 19 x 12.5 cm.

A free black man, Isaac Kirk, referred to as a resident and citizen of the United States, is charged, convicted of, and sentenced to death for rape.

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