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


General Orders No. 55.

Shreveport, July 20, 1864.

I. In accordance with an act of Congress, entitled "An act to increase the efficiency of the Army by the employment of free negroes and slaves in certain capacities, approved February 17, 1864," all male free negroes and other persons of color, not including those who are free under the treaty of Paris of 1803, or under the treaty of Spain of 1819, resident in the Confederate States, between the ages of eighteen and fifty years, will be immediately enrolled under the direction of the Bureau of Conscription.
II. The Bureau of Conscription will take the necessary steps through the enrolling officers to enroll immediately one-fifth of all the male slaves in this department between the ages of eighteen and forty-five years.
III. All free negroes and slaves so enrolled will be sent to rendezvous designated by the commandants of negro labor for the several States, accompanied by descriptive rolls.
IV. Requisitions for negro labor must be made upon the commandants of negro labor of the several States.
V. All officers and agents of the Government in charge of slaves will furnish monthly, to the commandants of negro labor of the several States to which the slaves belong, correct and certified muster-rolls of those in their charge.

By command of General E. Kirby Smith:

Assistant Adjutant-General.

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