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Volunteer descriptive list of William Howard of Company I 30th U.S. Colored Troops


A form documenting William Howard’s enlistment in the United States Colored Troops. The document includes descriptive information about Howard, such as age, height, and eye color, as well as a signed statement by Priscilla A. Daugherty that "the above slave is her property for life." Howard (circa 1835-1864) was a laborer from Baltimore, Maryland enslaved by Daugherty (1825-1904). On April 1, 1864, Daugherty manumitted Howard directly into the service of the United States Colored Troops in order to receive compensation. Howard served with the 30th Colored Infantry, Company I until his death at the Siege of Petersburg on November 24, 1864.




Collection Number

MS 3257


10 x 21 inches


1 page

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