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    [Slave Labor in the United States Army]. Joseph Wilkinson Autograph Letter Signed. One blue page, 7.75" x 10", Grande Prairie, January 25, 1853, to Lieutenant Thomas Ruger of the U. S. Corps of Engineers at Fort St. Philip, regarding the punishment and dismissal of a slave. The use of slave labor was not confined to the southern plantation in the early to mid nineteenth century. The U. S. Army was known to "borrow" slaves for the construction and repair of fortifications and other manual labor. Light staining of the upper right corner. Damage with minor paper loss at upper left.

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    He writes, in full:

    "I have sent back the negro Sam who left the Fort today, but before doing so I have administered such punishment as he deserved. The negro is not at all vicious in his disposition, altho' occasionally he is impudent in his demeanor. I wish that you would inquire into the matter (if it falls within your province to do so) and take such action as your judgment dictates. The boy says that he will hereafter conduct himself properly, and I doubt not but that the correction he has received from me will produce more propriety of behavior."

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