Rebel Cavalry Impressing Slaves, Charleston Harbor

Object Number: 
ca. 1863
Graphite on paper
Overall: 5 1/4 x 7 3/8 in. ( 13.3 x 18.7 cm )
Signed at lower left in graphite: "WTC"; verso inscribed at upper center: "Rebel Cavalry impresssing / slaves to work on the fortifications of / Charleston Harbor (S.C) from -- / a neighboring plantation"
Civil War Drawings Collection. For a report of a similar incident describing the impressing of slaves into the Confederate Army in Savannah, see New York Times, August 21, 1863, Interesting from the South, Impressing Slaves: "A special order has been issued by Brig.-Gen. Mercee, in command at Savannah, impressing into the rebel service one-fifth of the able-bodied male slaves in Eastern, Southern and Southwestern Georgia, for the purpose of erecting additional fortifications for the defence of Savannah. 'Transportation will be furnished them and wages paid at the rate of $25 per month. The Government will be responsible for the value of such negroes as may be killed by the enemy, or may in any manner fall into his hands.'"
Credit Line: 
James B. Wilbur Fund
John T. Kavanaugh Collection, Rutherford, New Jersey, 1945
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Creative: Tronvig Group