July 30, 2020 12:00 PM EDT Cincinnati
Ends August 10, 2020


Freedom Papers identified to Henry Bledford, 1864

Lot of 2, including a partially printed document, headed "Headquarters Military Commission," 1p, 7.5 x 5 in., Louisville, Kentucky. June 11, 1864. Freedom papers issued to a formerly enslaved individual identified as "Henry Bledford, age 39. . . Free born, in the State of Tenn[essee]." Certifies Bledford's freedom and grants him the ability to "pass North of the Ohio River into free territory." Signed and dated by Captain Henry S. Parrish, Co. A, 20th Kentucky Infantry, a member of a military commission "appointed by orders from Head-Quarters Western District of Kentucky to investigate the cases of Contraband and Captive Negroes coming to the city of Louisville."

Matted to 11 x 15 in. along with Contraband of War, a print showing Major General Benjamin Butler meeting with fugitives at Fort Monroe, Virginia in May of 1861. These men, identified as Frank Baker, James Townsend, and Sheppard Mallory, appealed to Butler for their freedom and were ultimately granted asylum.


Not examined outside mat.

Estimate: $250 - $500
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium


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