Agreement between planters, slaves, New Orleans, 1863
Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley, military governor of Louisiana, kept in his records a copy of an agreement between planters and the U.S. Sequestration Commission for slaves to return to plantations and work for one year for a set amount of pay or a portion of the year's crop.
The agreement was to be signed by the planter.
The Union army occupied Louisiana and the Department of the Gulf, headed by Maj. Gen. N. P. Banks, provided military control of the area while Shepley provided administrative control through the governor's office.
Shepley, a native of Maine, was a noted Portland attorney before and after the war. He went to Louisiana as commander of the 12th Maine Regiment.
Banks replaced Gen. Benjamin Butler as head of the Department of the Gulf in late 1862.