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Adair & Smith (1861-1864) Southern confederacy. [Vol. 3, no. 56 (April 18, 1863)]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05959.09.173 Author/Creator: Adair & Smith (1861-1864) Place Written: Atlanta, Georgia. Type: Newspapers Date: 18 April 1863 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: "An Intercepted Document -- The African Slave Trade," reprinted from the New York Herald, describes a document addressed to the Confederate Commissioner at St. Petersburg, L.Q.C. Lamar, from the Confederate Secretary of State, Judah P. Benjamin. The article praises the Confederate states for leaving decisions about the African slave trade and slavery to the independent States.


Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Confederate States of America, Africa, African American History, Slavery, Slave Trade

Sub Era: The American Civil War