Emancipation of Slaves in the District of Columbia, 1862-1863

An Act of April 16, 1862 (12 Stat. 376) abolished slavery in the District of Columbia. Under Section 3 of the Act, the President was authorized to appoint a board of three commissioners, who were residents of the District, to examine petitions for compensation from former owners of freed slaves in the District.

An Act of July 12, 1862 (12 Stat. 538), provided that petitions could be received from slaves whose owners had not presented petition for compensation.

Here is a list of the record of petitions filed under the Act of April 16, 1862, dated April 29 - July 15, 1862 showing the date the petition was filed, the number of the petition, name of petitioner, names of slaves, and value of slaves as claimed in the petition.

Final Report of the Board of Commissioners


3101 records found
  (Total records:3101)
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records per page
 DateDocket PetitionersNo. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
May 6, 186263Benjamin Berry4Louisa Sanders1000  481.8
May 6, 186263Benjamin Berry4Jack Sanders150  63.7
May 6, 186263Benjamin Berry4Albert Hollyday450  175.2
May 19, 1862309Benjamin C. Card3Maria Walker1200  350.6
May 19, 1862309Benjamin C. Card3Mary Walker600  219
May 19, 1862309Benjamin C. Card3Billy Walker350  87.6
May 22, 1862368Benjamin E. Gettings2Darkey Ann Snowden1500.00 for both  219
May 22, 1862368Benjamin E. Gettings2Emma Snowden1500.00 for both  328.5
May 28, 1862499Benjamin F. Middleton3James Prather3100.00 for all  547.5
May 28, 1862499Benjamin F. Middleton3Moses Powell3100.00 for all  438

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