From the monthly archives:

March 2006

Slavery in the Dragoons: Captain John Burgwin and Captain Robert H. Chilton

March 14, 2006

It was not unusual for some officers serving in the Antebellum Army to own slaves. Indeed, the Supreme Court’s Dred Scott decision of 1857 arose when a deceased officer’s slave sought to obtain his freedom. These letters were written by Captain Henry Smith Turner, USMA 1834, of the 1st Dragoons who accompanied Brig. Gen. Stephen […]

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