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Ridgely, C. S. (fl. 1865) [Notice for the enlistment and impressment of slaves into military service]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02889 Author/Creator: Ridgely, C. S. (fl. 1865) Place Written: Tallahassee, Florida Type: Broadside signed Date: 31 January 1865 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 31.6 x 19.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Captain Ridgely informs slave owner G. N. Jones that the "Confederate Government has made requisition on this State for five hundred Slaves ... by the enrollment of free negroes and slaves in certain capacities, approved February 17, 1864. Your appointment under this call is one able bodied male slaves [sic], between the ages of 18 and 50." States that the government will pay enslaved people the rate established in accordance with impressments and will furnish them with rations and clothing. Provides pay for the owner in the event of the enslaved persons death, escape, or illness. Reports that if the owner refuses to provide the required enslaved person, the enslaved person will be impressed at Tallahassee, Florida, 13 February 1865. Requires the owner to provide clothes, shoes, a blanket, and three days cooked provisions for the impressed enslaved person. States that impressed enslaved people will be taken to the Camp of Instruction at Madison, Florida. Docket notes, "G. N. Jones Lein [sic]."

People: Jones, G. N., fl. 1865
Ridgely, C. S., fl. 1865

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryConfederate States of AmericaAfrican American HistorySlaveryFreemenImpressmentFinanceConscriptionMilitary ProvisionsMilitary UniformsClothing and AccessoriesMilitary SuppliesHealth and MedicalRunaway SlaveDeath

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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