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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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The President's Mishap

The President's Mishap

From Engineer Laborers to Potential Confederate Soldiers, 1864–1865

(p.132) Chapter Five The President's Mishap
Confederate Slave Impressment in the Upper South

Jaime Amanda Martinez

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter discusses slave impressment 1864–1865. It argues that slave impressment eroded the master's authority over his slaves, even those who were not subject to impressment. Congress created the Board of Slave Claims in April 1864 to protect slaveholders' economic investments in their slaves, and thus reinforce their mastery, but even this important step did not repair the damage. By forcing slaves to serve on Confederate fortifications regardless of their masters' objections, impressment shattered any illusion that the master held ultimate authority over his slaves.

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

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