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    Civil War Slave Enlistments: Four Documents concerning slaves belonging to the Prather family of Missouri. Three documents certify the enlistment of former Prather slaves as "Colored Volunteers" in the Union Army in 1864; the fourth document is a bill of sale for a slave dated 1841.

    The first document (three pages, Fayette, Missouri, January 1, 1864) is partially-printed with the heading "Colored Volunteer Enlistment" confirming the three-year enlistment of Morrison Prather, "aged 24 years, and by occupation a Farmer . . . to serve as a Soldier in the Army of the United States of America." Prather, who provides his mark ("X"), had "been the slave of Isaac A. Prather." Dark foxing with some minor separation along folds.

    The second document (one page, St. Joseph, Missouri, January 14, 1864) is written on "Headquarters Sixth Military District of the Mo. Provost Marshal's Office." The top half of the document is a letter written by Liles Woodford[?] notifying James B. Prather of his entitlement "to compensation for the slaves enlisted." The lower portion of the document is a transcription of a letter written by Captain Thomas B. Reed certifying "Colored Volunteer recruits enlisted at Macon Missouri. . . . 1863. Nov. 30th. Willey Prater [sic] owned by James Prater [sic]." Foxing.

    The third document (one page, St. Louis, February 29, 1864) is handwritten on "Headquarters State of Missouri, Adjutant General's Office" letterhead certifying that "the following named were mustered into the 1st and 2nd Regiments Mo. Vols A.D." Four names are listed, all former slaves owned by the Prather family: Wiley Prather, Bascom Prather, Jerry Prather, and Morrison Prather. The document is signed by Adjutant General of Missouri John B. Gray.

    The final document is a bill of sale, dated September 16, 1841, recording that George Dodd had "sold J. N. Prather a certain Negro woman named Myra about twenty eight years old and her youngest child Martha about two years old for the consideration of four hundred and fifty dollars cash. . . . I do not warrant the health of the woman, but do warrant the health of the child to be good so far as I know." No place is given. Minor separation at some folds.

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