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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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Confederate Slave Impressment in the Upper South

Jaime Amanda Martinez

University of North Carolina Press

This introductory chapter discusses slave impressment in North Carolina and Virginia. Through impressment, white Virginians and North Carolinians temporarily surrendered control over portions of their slave populations to state authorities, military officials, and finally the national government in order to prosecute their war for Confederate independence. In one of the most ironic developments of the war, Confederate citizens who had emphatically rejected the United States government's attempts to interfere with the institution of slavery came, reluctantly, to accept that interference from their new government.

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

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