67 New Emancipation Petitions Published

We’ve published another 67 petitions filed in response to the April 1862 DC Emancipation Act. Since late September, we have published more than 100 petitions on Civil War Washington.

Included in this batch is one of the largest petitions in terms of the number of slaves claimed. In fact, we use an image from this document on the main petitions page, because it is so visually striking with its long list of men, women, and children claimed. In the petition, Ann M. Biscoe and her daughters seek compensation for 26 former slaves, ranging in age from one month to 65 years. In addition, Biscoe and her daughters filed three other petitions requesting compensation for 10 more people. You can access all of these documents at the links below:

Petition of Ann Maria Biscoe and Emma Biscoe, 26 May 1862
Petition of Ann M. Biscoe, Angelica Chew, and Emma Biscoe, 26 May 1862
Petition of Angelica Chew, 26 May 1862
Petition of Emma Biscoe, 26 May 1862

~Liz Lorang & Janel Cayer

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