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 Posted: Wed Nov 5th, 2008 02:07 am
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Johan Steele
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There was a little bit of all of the above. A freeman might be paid $2 a day as a teamster. A slave might garner their master the same. A skilled slave could command considerably more. Robert Smalls made his master $20 a day as a river pilot.

I've read of press gangs of slaves used by local military commanders, often over the objection of their owners because once the army got ahold of them it was difficult to get them back or even to get paid for them.

As to the slaves utilized by Lee's Army on the way to Gettysburg... the ANV was followed closely by slave catchers rounding up any black person they found and sending them south. Stuart at one point grew furious when he came across a batch of slave catchers that were better mounted than his own men. He had his men trade their worn down horses for the slave catchers fresh ones; he may or may not have done it at gunpoint.

For a slave to run away from his the army also meant running away from his family back to home. Often if a runaway wasn't caught punishment was inflicted on his family and that punishment could be brutal. To runaway wasn't only a risk for the runner but those who stayed behind.

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