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Confederate Slave Impressment in the Upper South$
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Jaime Amanda Martinez

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781469610740

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9781469610757_Martinez

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Hundreds Have Been Called

Hundreds Have Been Called

Slave Impressment at the Local and State Levels, 1861–1863

(p.18) Chapter One Hundreds Have Been Called
Confederate Slave Impressment in the Upper South

Jaime Amanda Martinez

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses slave impressment from 1861–1863. Military use of slave labor at the start of the war revealed issues that state legislatures would need to resolve for the Confederate army to meet its labor requirements. In addition to addressing legal or constitutional objections to slave impressment, the legislation enacted by the Virginia General Assembly and the North Carolina state legislature attempted to centralize control over the slave labor force, create a consistent and efficient system for delivering laborers to the fortifications, and address slaveholders' concerns about the treatment of engineer laborers.

Keywords:   Confederacy, Civil War, slaves, slave labor, Virginia, North Carolina

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