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(SLAVERY & ABOLITION.) Manumission document issued for informing on his mistress hiding weapons for the Confederacy. Partly printed document signed by J.B. Kinsman as Lieutenant Colonel and judge of the United States Provost Court, with the court's embossed seal. One page, 14 x 8 1/2 inches, plus integral blank with docketing "Freedom papers, George Washington Walker"; folds, minor wear. New Orleans, LA, 14 October 1862
"A conviction was had of Madame Lebaux of New Orleans for keeping and concealing offensive weapons in the Parish of Orleans. . . . It also appears in said case that George Washington Walker, a slave of the said Madame Lebaux gave information which led to the discovery of arms concealed by his mistress or owner. Now therefore, for this act of service and loyalty to the United States . . . said George Washington Walker is by said Court adjudged and decreed to be emancipated, manumitted and free from all claims to Madame Lebaux labor and services forever." We have traced no other examples of this pre-Emancipation Proclamation manumission form, which was contingent on extraordinary service to the Union cause.
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