Thursday, March 21, 2013


Doing some recent research on slavery advertisements in Kentucky newspapers during the Civil War I ran across the above ad in the Lexington Observer and Reporter. It was printed in the October 19, 1861 edition.

It is not especially unique as far as the runaway advertisements go, but I am curious about part of the slave's physical description. It says "Two of his fingers on his left hand are slightly contracted from having been caught in a cutting box."

Does anyone know what type of implement this is referring to? Does this have to do with some skilled trade or some agricultural tool? If anyone knows, I would certainly be interested to hear from you.

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