Gen. Banks on putting slaves to work, New Orleans, 1863
Contributed by Maine Historical Society
Maj. Gen. Nathaniel P. Banks, a native of Massachusetts who was serving as commander of the Department of the Gulf, sent to all commanding officers an explanation his plan to put slaves to work.
He sent a copy of the letter to Military Governor of Louisiana Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley.
Banks, who assumed command of the Union's Department of the Gulf in mid December 1862, wrote that "an effort is being made to provide work for the negroes and to maintain the cultivation of Plantations ..."
He asked Shepley for help in "explaining to the negroes the advantages of the plan to their race, to the planter, and to the government."
- Title: Gen. Banks on putting slaves to work, New Orleans, 1863
- Creator: Banks, Nathaniel P.
- Creation Date: 1863-02-07
- Subject Date: 1863
- Town: New Orleans
- State: LA
- Media: Ink on paper
- Dimensions (cm): 24.6 x 20.3
- Local Code: Coll. 117, Box 2/13
- Collection: George F. Shepley Papers
- Object Type: Text
For more information about this item, contact:
Maine Historical Society
489 Congress Street, Portland, ME 04101
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LC Subject Headings
People associated with manual labor--Louisiana--New Orleans
Military occupations--Louisiana--New Orleans
United States--Civil War, 1861-1865
Politics & government--Louisiana--New Orleans
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