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Allen, Henry Watkins (1820-1866) To the planters and slave-owners of Louisiana.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05987.14 Author/Creator: Allen, Henry Watkins (1820-1866) Place Written: Shreveport, Louisiana Type: Broadsides Date: 29 October 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Allen, Governor of Louisiana, implores slave owners to loan their slaves to construct fortifications on the Red River. Promises, "Your negroes will be well treated and well fed. They will be required to labor but sixty days, at the expiration of which time they will be dismissed and returned to their homes... Unless the negroes are promptly sent forward, they will be impressed- the country must be defended."

People: Allen, Henry Watkins, 1820-1866.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

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

Sub Era: The American Civil War