Interesting article with National Archive links about the rolls (and roles) of enslaved people and their service to the confederacy as well as their owner's compensation for said service: https://mailchi.mp/nara/0rjknzxchj-763782?e=6cf8d3e607
Interesting article with National Archive links about the rolls (and roles) of enslaved people and their service to the confederacy as well as their owner's compensation for said service
"Where the necessities of service require it the forced labor of citizens, slaves and even prisoners of war may be employed in the construction of military defenses" -Gen. Henry Halleck, Department of the Missouri, December 4, 1861
"Go at once to Nashville and select sites and give plans and instructions for redoubts to protect the city....The commanding officer will call in slave labor on it." -Gen. Don Carlos Buell, Huntsville, AL, August 6, 1862
"All able-bodied negroes who apply for work at Fort Pickering will be received and put to work by the engineer in charge...the names of owners and slaves registered....no wages will be paid until the courts determine whether the negro be slave or free....loyal masters will recover their slaves and the wages they have earned during their temporary use by the military authorities."
-Gen. William T. Sherman, Memphis, TN, August 8, 1862
"we draft slaves for labor continually" -Gen. Ambrose E. Burnside, June 27, 1863
Considering the big fuss that the National Archives made over the release of the Feedmen's Bureau records, I can't imagine they wouldn't make a similar promotion of other records concerning enslaved persons working for the Union, if such records existed. Records of African Americans are so rare pre Emancipation that they are very valued.If they do, they will never see the light of day.