Maine Memory Network
Maine's Online Museum

Login · My Account · Show Album


 

 

Gen. Banks on putting slaves to work, New Orleans, 1863

Gen. Banks on putting slaves to work, New Orleans, 1863

Item 75057 zoom send e-card Share this on Facebook Share this on Twitter

Description

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."

Transcription

Item has a transcription view a full transcription

Click the link above to download and view the PDF file. Help with PDF.

Go back