Lot 11: 1864 Civil War Document, Confederate General's slave in military labor

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2016-11-29 09:11:38

Lot 11

Author: N/A; Title: Payment to a Confederate General for his slave's labor on "military fortifications" in South Carolina; Place Published: N/A; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: 1864; Description: A.M.Kennedy (for John D. Kennedy). Printed and Handwritten Document Signed. Columbia, South Carolina., Jan. 18, 1864 "Duplicate Receipt" for $2000, paid by the state to Confederate commander John D. Kennedy as "compensation for his slave named Robert, lost by reason of the employment of said slave by the authorities of the Confederate Government upon the military fortification in this State."On the day this receipt was issued to his brother, 24 year-old John Doby Kennedy was on the battlefield, commanding his South Carolina Infantry regiment, having fought in the battles of Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, and, that year, in the Shenandoah Campaigns, after which he was given the rank of Brigadier General. Opposing General Sherman's advance until the bitter end, he did not surrender until two weeks after Lee met Grant at Appomattox. Kennedy was said to have been wounded by 15 bullets in various battles, but he survived the War to return to his family home, where Robert and his other slaves had been emancipated. He went on to become Lt. Governor of South Carolina and US Consul-General in Shanghai, China.

Estimate: $300-500

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