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Ivy, Edward (1857-1880) Reconstruction archive: CSA parole & oath, Bailey Family contracts with freedmen [Decimalized .01-.16]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04522 Author/Creator: Ivy, Edward (1857-1880) Place Written: [various places] Type: Header Record Date: 1857-1880 Pagination: 16 items

The collection includes a Georgia parole for the soldier (sometimes "Edwin") of New Orleans (#1), an agreement dated 5/22/1865 to register his plantation while abiding by the laws now protecting freedmen (#7); oaths of allegiance and amnesty (#2-4, 8), and three contracts between the Bailey Family (in Arkansas) with freeman Alie Bailey and other freed slaves (#8-10), as well as personal papers. The contracts offer different compensation (one freeman was single).

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