Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
					Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.

SPECIAL ORDERS No

SPECIAL ORDERS No. 238.

ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE,
Richmond, October 7, 1864.

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XIII. The general commanding the Department of North Carolina, having represented that there is an immediate and urgent necessity for the employment of 2,000 slaves for service with the army at Wilmington, N. C., and it being impracticable to obtain them by contract, these slaves will be collected by impressment. There will be exempt from impressment all slaves under the age of eighteen years and over the age of fifty years. Not more than one slave out of five on any one plantation of the ages specified will be taken, and when there is but one slave of the description mentioned belonging to an owner he will not be taken; nor shall slaves employed in the domestic or family service exclusively be impressed. Efforts will be made to distribute the burden as equally as possible, and the general directions in General Orders, No. 138, series 1863, and General Orders, No. 32, current series, will be adhered to. The Bureau of Conscription is charged with the prompt execution of this order.

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By command of the Secretary of War:

 JNO. WITHERS,

Assistant Adjutant-General.


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Category: Civil War | Subcategory: Confederacy | Tags: North Carolina
Related Topics / Keywords / Phrases: 1863, 1864, Assistant Adjutant-General, Department of North Carolina, North Carolina, Wilmington (North Carolina),