Petition #11286401


Forty-nine Union County citizens seek relief for the families of soldiers. The petitioners state that "where the labouring class consists chiefly of white men, and where those white men are mainly in the Army as is the case with this County, leaves but few to make support for the thousands of Women and Children and old men that are left behind." They further report that Union County, which has a slave population of about two thousand, provides as many soldiers as the neighboring counties of Anson and Mecklenburg, each of which has three times as many slaves. The petitioners therefore pray for such relief and assistance "as you may have the power to do, either to assume our debt in part or the whole, to allow us a greater portion of the appropriation from the State than has been allowed us, or such other help" that will enable them to provide for the "families of our brave and patriot Soldiers."

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Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina