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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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Slave Laborers under the Engineer Bureau

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Confederate Slave Impressment in the Upper South

Jaime Amanda Martinez

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter considers the Engineer Bureau's labor practices. Impressed slaves faced long hours of extremely hard physical labor. The Confederate government also routinely failed to provide adequate food, shelter, and medical care for impressed slaves. But most important, the widespread availability of information about these dangerous conditions made impressment both more necessary and more difficult throughout the course of the war and may have encouraged slaves to escape to Union lines rather than face a trip to the fortifications.

Keywords:   Confederacy, Civil War, slave impressment, slave labor

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