Three Negroes Brought into Fort Pickering by A Scouting Party

Following is a transcription of an actual case of three fugitive slaves, all men, brought into Memphis’ Fort Pickering January 9, 1863 for allegedly stealing the property of their former owners. They were brought in my Col. Howe’s (Union) Cavalry. Confessions were obtained from them. Their case was forwarded by Capt. H. Park to Gen. Alexander Asboth and to Maj. Gen. Stephen A. Hurlbut, commanders at Memphis. The author of the case narrative, complaining of “numerous depredations” that have been committed by blacks being taken care of generously by the