Sep 29, 2022 - Sale 2615

Sale 2615 - Lot 50

Price Realized: $ 1,625
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,000 - $ 1,500
(CIVIL WAR.) Military pass issued in Union-held Virginia for "Mr. Watt's Negro man Henry." Partly-printed Document Signed by Captain Christian T. Christiansen as Provost Marshal, 3 x 7 1/2 inches; folds, repaired closed tear, moderate wear and foxing. Norfolk, VA, 11 June 1862

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"Guards will pass Mr. Watt's Negro man Henry to Portsmouth and return without molestation or interruption until revoked." This pass was issued a month after the Union occupation of Norfolk, and before the preliminary announcement of the Emancipation Proclamation. Apparently local residents who were deemed sufficiently loyal were at this point still permitted to retain possession of their enslaved people.