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Re: Slave Owners and Compensation for USCT CWV??

Confederate states passed legislation (varied from state to state) to compensate owners of slaves that were conscripted for labor services. The rates varied, and most were not payable until periods of service were over. Given the state of the Confederacy for the last year and a half of the war, when the largest numbers of slaves were used, it's a little doubtful that many owners received compensation.

Since it would be Confederate and not Federal, you might try records of the state involved. Some are available from state archives, others in state libraries and universities. The Department overseeing the Colored troops did not come into existence until May, 1863, several months after the Emancipation Proclamation. I don't know of any cases where the Federal Government paid anything other than bounties-and in the case of most Black troops, those were specifically NOT given, or were much smaller than for White soldiers. (As an example, $75.00 instead of $300.00)

Good luck !


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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