• "The Sense of That Crush I feel at Certain Times, Even Now": Jacob Stroyer and the Defense of Fort Sumter

    Author(s):
    Susanna Margaret Ashton (see profile)
    Date:
    2018
    Group(s):
    LLC 19th-Century American
    Subject(s):
    American Civil War, Slave narratives
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/M6W566
    Abstract:
    In the summer of 1864, fourteen-year-old Jacob Stroyer was sent to work in Fort Sumter. He did not go willingly. Stroyer was a slave owned by the wealthy Mrs. Matthew R. Singleton and was sent from the large Kensington plantation outside Columbia, SC to labor for the Confederate cause. The Confederate Corps of Engineers called upon slave owners to contribute their enslaved people’s labor to the problem of construction and fortification of roads, bridges, and key defensive site. Stroyer explained that the fifteen slaves from his plantations “were sent to work on fortifications each year during the war.” . . .
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    Published
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