Planters' request for return of slaves, New Orleans, 1862

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


A group of Louisiana planters wrote to Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley, military governor of New Orleans, in October 1862, asking for return of their slaves who had joined regiments "purporting to be composed of free men of color."

They noted that the slaves' actions were in violation of an order by Major Gen. Benjamin Butler of the Union Department of the Gulf.

Shepley, a Portland lawyer, had gone to Louisiana as commander of the 12th Maine Volunteers, but was soon promoted to the 3rd Brigade before becoming the state's military governor after Union victories.

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  • Title: Planters' request for return of slaves, New Orleans, 1862
  • Creator: Cofield, I. C.
  • Creation Date: 1862-10-06
  • Subject Date: 1862
  • Town: New Orleans
  • State: LA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Local Code: Coll. 117, Box 2/2
  • Collection: George Foster Shepley papers
  • Object Type: Text

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