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Confederate States of America. Congress A bill to provide for the employment of free negroes and slaves to work upon fortifications and perform other labor connected with the defences of the country.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08419 Author/Creator: Confederate States of America. Congress Place Written: s.l. Type: Printed document Date: 15 December 1864 Pagination: 6 p. ; 24 x 14.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Senate Bill 129, passed by the Confederate Senate 13 December 1864. Ordered to be printed by the House of Representatives 15 December 1864. States that "The Congress of the Confederate States of American do enact, That all free male negroes, between the ages of eighteen and fifty years, shall be held liable to perform any labor or discharge any duties with the army ... such as working upon fortifications, producing and preparing materials of war, building and preparing roads and bridges ... " Includes guidelines for the impressment of slaves, placing the Secretary of War and the general commanding the trans-Mississippi department in charge of impressment procedures. Contains the name of James H. Nash, Confederate Secretary of State. Contains a Rebel Archives stamp. Possibly created in Richmond, Virginia.

Background Information:

People: Confederate States of America, 1860-1870
Nash, James H., fl. 1864

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryConfederate States of AmericaLaborSlaveryAfrican American HistoryGovernment and CivicsInfrastructureAgriculture and Animal HusbandryFreemenFortificationImpressment

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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