Title: Petition of T. L. Alexander, 9 May 1862
Source Text: A microfilm reproduction of the original document held at the National Archives and Records Administration, Microcopy 520, Reel . The original document is held in the Records of the Accounting Officers of the Department of the Treasury, 1775–1978, National Archives and Records Administration, Record Group 217.6.5. Within the National Archives' Archival Description Catalog, see ARC Identifier 4644616 / MLR Number A1 347 (http://arcweb.archives.gov).
Civil War Washington ID: cww.00129
To the Commissioners under the act of Congress approved the 16th of April, 1862, entitled "An act for the release of certain persons held to service or labor in the District of Columbia."
Your Petitioner, Col. T. L. Alexander of the US Army by this his petition in writing, represents and states, that he is a person loyal to the United States, who, at the time of the passage of the said act of Congress, held a claim to service or labor against the following persons of African descent of the names of, Wesley, Louisa his wife; Bob, Mary, & Ellinora, children of the two first named; also Ann, and Kitty; for and during the life of said above named slaves, and that by said act of Congress said slaves were discharged and freed of and from all claim of your petitioner to such service or labor; that at the time of said discharge said slaves were of the ages of respectively as set forth; and of the personal description following:(1)
- 1: Wesley;—a negro man, mullatto, aged about twenty eight (28) years, five feet, nine inches high, healthy and robust,—a splendid dining room servant, cook & Coachman;
- 2: Louisa,—a bright mullatto woman wife of Wesley, aged about twenty seven (27) years; healthy; height about five feet, three inches,—a good seamstress, cook, and washer, and Ironer;
- 3; Bob; son of Louisa, aged about nine years, bright mulatto, a very smart Boy, healthy, and waits well on the Table;
- 4; Mary,—a daughter of Louisa, aged about five (5) years, bright mulatto, healthy and very smart;
- 5; Ellinora; daughter of Louisa, aged about two (2) years, bright mullatto, and healthy;
- 6; Ann; an unmarried woman, dark mulatto, aged about thirty eight (38) years; delicate, a fine cook and House servant and splendid washer woman;
- 7; Kitty; sister of Louisa, mulatto aged about twenty one, (21)—a superior seamstress and House servant; Healthy;
That your petitioner acquired his claim to the aforesaid service or labor of said slaves in manner following:(2) viz Wesley; I inherited from my father's estate as an infant and raised him; Ann, I received as a part of my portion of my mother's retained interest in my father's estate, when she died about two years ago; Kitty and Louisa, & Bob were given by the father of my wife, several years ago; and Mary and Ellinora have been born since the gift; [illegible] [got writings?] in the above cases, verbal contracts & possession
That your petitioner's claim to the service or labor of said Slaves was, at the time of said discharge therefrom, of the value of Fifty five Hundred dollars in money.(3)
Your petitioner hereby declares that He bears true and faithful allegiance to the Government of the United States, and that he has not borne arms against the United States in the present rebellion, nor in any way given aid or comfort thereto.
And your petitioner further states and alleges, that he has not brought said Slaves into the District of Columbia since the passage of said act of Congress; and that, at the time of the passage thereof, said Slaves were held to service or labor therein under and by virtue of your petitioner's claim to such service or labor.
Your petitioner further states and alleges, that his said claim to the service or labor of said Slaves does not originate in or by virtue of any transfer heretofore made by any person who has in any manner aided or sustained the present rebellion against the Government of the United States.
And your petitioner prays the said Commissioners to investigate and determine the validity of his said claim to the service or labor of said persons above described, herein above set forth; and if the same be found to be valid, that they appraise and apportion the value of said claim in money, and report the same to the Secretary of the Treasury of the United States, in conformity to the provisions of said act of Congress.
T. L. Alexander
Lt. Col. US Army
[Form of the Oath for the Verification of the Petition.]
Washington County, ss.
I, [no handwritten text supplied here] being duly sworn, do depose and say, that all the several matters and things which are set forth and stated in the foregoing petition, as of my own knowledge, are true in substance and in fact; and that all the several other matters and things therein set forth and stated, as from the information of others, I believe to be true in substance and in fact.
T. L. Alexander
Lt. Col. US. Army
Sworn to and subscribed before me this 9th day of May A. D. 1862.
Wm R. Woodard Clk of Commissioners
Gen L. Thomas U.S.A. [illegible]
Note (2.)-- Here state how the claim was acquired, when, from whom, and for what price or consideration; and, if held under any written evidence of title, make exhibit thereof, or refer to the public record where the same may be found.
Note (3.)-- Here state such facts, if any there be, touching the value of the petitioner's claim to the service or labor of the person, as may enhance the same, and also such facts, if any, touching the moral, mental, and bodily infirmities or defects of said person, as impair the value of the petitioner's claim to such service or labor, and conclude such statement with an averment that the petitioner knows of no other infirmities or defects of said person which impair the value of petitioner's claim to such service or labor, and that he believes none other to exist. If the petitioner specify no such infirmity or defect, then his statement touching the value of his claim should conclude with an averment that he has no knowledge of any such infirmity or defect.