Item description: Notice, dated 13 August 1862, ordering North Carolina slaveholders to furnish slave labor for the construction of Confederate fortifications around Richmond and Petersburg, Va.
Head Quarters Dist. of Pamlico & Cape Fear
Goldsboro August 13th 1862
In compliance with instructions from Major Genl. D.H. Hill commanding the District of North Carolina, all the counties in the eastern part of the state bordering on the lines of the enemy are required to furnish at once one fourth of the able bodied slave laborers within their limits, to be used in the vicinity of the cities of Richmond and Petersburg, Va.
The following counties are specially designated
New Hanover, Onslow, Duplin, Lenoir, Craven, Jones, Carteret, Pitt, Martin, Bertie, Hertford, Gates, Green
As the loyal and patriotic citizens of these counties have suffered, and are suffering much from the depredations and outrage of the enemy, it is earnestly and confidently hoped that they will promptly respond to this call and by so doing contribute to the expulsion of the invader from our soil.