|Richmond's wartime defenses.|
-- from the defensive works around Richmond the following free negroes, impressed from Richmond--
John E Brown,By the act of the Virginia Legislature, passed 12th February, 1863, to provide for the surmount and employment of free negroes in the public service, these negroes being amenable to the rules and regulations of the articles of war, are deserters, and a reward of thirty dollars each will be paid for their apprehension and delivery to Capt. W. G. Turpin, at Engineers' office, corner 19th and Cary sts.
John H Campbell,
Jonus B Thomas,
W. S Stevens, Col. jy 30--ts
Neo-Confederates often push stories about so-called Black Confederates. Almost invariably these stories refer to free or slave Black impressed into Confederate service as forced labor to construct fortifications--and these men typically took the earliest opportunity to desert and flee to Union lines.