Tuesday, June 11, 2013

To Owners of Impressed Negro Laborers

I can't help but wonder if the records for these particular claimants are on file at the National Archives. It would seemingly make for an interesting comparison to look at those slaves that are listed as working on the fortifications at Camp Nelson and the enlistments in the Union army at the same location. It probably would not be a stretch to speculate that there is some significant overlap. Similarly, it would be intriguing to look at slave owners that had ties to the Union army.

I would also like to know the daily or monthly monetary rate the army paid to owners for their slaves' labor. If anyone has any of this information and would be willing to share, I'd like to know.  

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