9 December 1862: “They will allow no negroes to pass out of town with or without passes.”

Item description:  Special order 30, dated 9 December 1862, relating to impressment of slave labor.

Item citation:  From the T. L. Clingman Papers, #157, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Item transcription:

Head Quarters Wilmington, N.C.
December 9th 1862

Special Order
No 30

Tomorrow morning Genl Clingman will send a strong guard to occupy the lines near R.R. & C Sufficient to prevent the escape of Negroes while they are being impressed in the city for labor.

The guard will take post at 7:30 A.M. They will allow no negroes to pass out of town with or without passes. Sentinels posted to load. Lt. Oberchain will post the guard The working parties having been organized, guards will be put over them & the remainder of the guards return to camp.

x x x

By Command of Brig Genl Whiting
W.C. Strong
A.A. Genl

[on reverse]

Hd Qrs Wilmington
Decmb 10th 1862

Strong WC
A Adjt Genl

Special Order
No 30

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