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AA & the Confederacy

A couple of years ago when I was reading the county court records for Henry Co. Va I noticed an entry which required all the free blacks in the county to report to the Depot where they would be put to work doing labor for the Confederacy. I also noted another entry where a member of the family I was researching was "exempt" from this conscription on the recommendation of the local white folks who said he was the only blacksmith left and was needed. In 1999 Renee INgram publishedd a book entitled "In View of the Great Want of Labor" which explains the legislation enacted by both the General Assembly of VA and Confederate Congress which reflects the AA participation, free and enslaved which was used to meet the Confederacy's agricultural, military and technological demands. The book contains the register of Free Negroes Enrolled and Detailed from May 1964 - Jan 1865
This book is now in its second printing and can be obtained by emailing the author: reneei@aol.com or call Willowbend books 1-800-876-6103


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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