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Collection related to the Freedmen's Department of Memphis [Decimalized .01-.12]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC08649 Author/Creator: Place Written: s.l. Type: Header Record Date: 1863-1865 Pagination: 12 documents

Summary of Content: Pertains to a project to aid freed slaves by the army. Most documents in this collection are related to T. A. Walker, who served as Superintendent of Freedmen, District of West Tennessee. Consists mostly of financial records, and contains documentation related to President's Island.

Background Information: President's Island was in the Mississippi River at Memphis, Tennessee and served as camp for freedmen. An extract from letters sent by the Memphis District Offices of the Superintendent, the ...rental agent and the Subassistant Commissioner 30 June 1865- 21 March 1868 attests that 262 male and 419 female freedmen and 249 children were living on President's Island in the summer of 1865.See More


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryFreemenAfrican American HistorySlaveryUnion ForcesAfrican American TroopsContrabands

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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