Petition #11486102


Captain F. M. McNairy of the Tennessee Rangers reports that he "consulted every member of my company consisting of Seventy Six men, and they are unanimously in favor of allowing one Servant to each mess of eight men, and that officers of the Army shall be permitted to hire Such Servants ... as they may think proper." He further relates that said men "recommend the passage of a bill authorizing the Governor to receive and if necessary to impress the male free persons of color in the State of Tennessee in to the Service, to be distributed among the Several encampments to do Such menial Service as they might be Competent to perform."

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Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee