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Lockhart, H. C. (fl. 1864) [Instructions for enrolling and impressing slaves]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06158.11 Author/Creator: Lockhart, H. C. (fl. 1864) Place Written: Montgomery, Alabama Type: Broadsides Date: 12 October 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Circular issued by Lieutenant Colonel Lockhart, Commandant for Alabama. These orders are intended for County Enrolling Officers and Impressing Agents. Instructions are provided regarding the impressment of slaves. "Assistants... will listen with respect to the complaints of slave owners, touching the action of their duties, and investigate and decide upon the same before the slaves of such owners are sent to Selma or Montgomery. But, while exercising great care to distribute this burden with equity and justice, they will also exercise due firmness and vigilance that their authority is respected and obeyed."

People: Lockhart, H. C., fl. 1864.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Confederate States of America, African American History, Slavery, Conscription, Impressment, Military Law

Sub Era: The American Civil War