After Nashville was captured by Union forces in 1862, it became the second most fortified city in the country behind Washington, D.C. A series of forts ringed the city, the largest and southernmost being Fort Negley, named for U.S. Gen. James Scott Negley, provost marshal and commander of Federal forces in Nashville. The expansive fort was built by Union soldiers and impressed slaves and free black workers in just five months. Below is the index to Microfilm # 1797, reel 2: List of laborers employed August 1, 1862 to April 1, 1863 on the fortifications and their owners. The index gives the last and first name of the slave, the name of the slave owner, and the file number.
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