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Free status certification, payroll, and discharge for Richard Gale

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Created by:
James Graves, American  Search this
C. J. Lusby, American  Search this
Leander Warren, American  Search this
F. H. Smith, American  Search this
Subject of:
Richard Gale, American, born 1843  Search this
30th Regiment, U.S. Colored Infantry, American, 1864 - 1865  Search this
iron gall ink on wove rag paper
H x W: 14 1/8 × 8 11/16 in. (35.8 × 22 cm)
payroll records
Place depicted:
Kent County, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
Four pages concerning Richard Gale pasted together at the top right corner. First document is signed testimony by "respectable white citizens" John Hadaway and Samuel Canada that Richard Gale "to their knowledge has been free for more than ten years, and that they believe he was born of free parents". The document is signed by Justice of the Peace James Graves, and an addendum to the form signed by clerk Jesse K. Hews certifies that Graves was authorized to authorize the original form. Both forms are preprinted and completed in black ink, each with a five (5) cent revenue stamp attached at the bottom. Second document is a half sheet sized document reading [No. 30 State of Maryland Bounty Certificate] across the top. The certificate entitles Gale to one hundred dollars to be paid out in five monthly installments and notes that the first payment was made the same date as the certificate [27 day of May 1864]. Document is signed by C.J. Lusby, Clerk County Commissioner. Third document authorizes a fifty dollar disbursement to Gale from the Maryland treasury. Gale makes his mark on the document, which is also signed by Leander Warren, notary public. This document is a preprinted form completed in black ink and bears a two (2) cent revenue stamp in the center near Gale's mark and a five (5) cent revenue stamp at the bottom near the notary public's signature. Fourth document is a discharge from the 30th Regiment, United States Colored Infantry, when the regiment mustered out. The document is a preprinted form reading [TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN.] rounded across the top above an oval-shaped Seal of Maryland. Completed in black ink, the document lists Gales place of birth as Kent County, Maryland, his age as 23 years-old, and his prior occupation as farmer. Discharge is signed by F. H. Smith as the Mustering Officer. The verso has several record keeping notations in different hands.
African American  Search this
Emancipation  Search this
Finance  Search this
Military  Search this
Slavery  Search this
U.S. History, Civil War, 1861-1865  Search this
United States Colored Troops  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Liljenquist Family
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Collection title:
Liljenquist Family Collection
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Slavery and Freedom Objects
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National Museum of African American History and Culture