Letter from William H. Seawell, Lieutenant Colonel of the 21st Virginia Militia based in Gloucester, VA at Ware Camp to Colonel Crump (Charles A.) dated November 21, 1861. Seawell discusses the relative quiet in the area, no report of slaves escaping, and writes to ask for more instruction regarding the mustering of additionall officers and troops. He also relates that he has instructed his men off duty to act as policemen in order to arrest run away negroes and also to force work upon insubordinate slaves as many residents have written with requests for assistance with this issue.
1861 November 26
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Lietenant Colonel, 21st Virginia Militia, Confederate States of America.