A Guide to the Virginia Central Railroad Slave Rental Receipt, 1855-1857 Ms.2015.043 A Collection in Special Collections

A Guide to the Virginia Central Railroad Slave Rental Receipt, 1855-1857 Ms.2015.043

A Collection in Special Collections


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Ryan Mair

Repository
Special Collections and University Archives, Virginia Tech
Identification
Ms.2015.043
Title
Virginia Central Railroad Company Slave Rental Receipt,1855-1857
Quantity
0.1 Cubic Feet, 1 folder
Creator
Virginia Central Railroad Company
Language
English .
Abstract
This collection contains a slave rental receipt issued by the Virginia Central Railroad Company in 1855 to Mrs. Elisabeth S. Lindsay. The receipt promises a payment of $175 to Lindsay after the one year rental period for the work of the slave, a man named Isaac, ends.

Administrative Information

Use Restrictions

Permission to publish material from the Virginia Central Railroad Company Slave Rental Receipt must be obtained from Special Collections, Virginia Tech.

Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Virginia Central Railroad Company Slave Rental Receipt, Ms2015-043, Special Collections, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Va.

Acquisition Information

The Virginia Central Railroad Company Slave Rental Receipt was purchased by Special Collections in 2014.

Processing Information

The processing, arrangement, and description of the Virginia Central Railroad Company Slave Rental Receipt was completed in July 2015.


Historical Note

The Virginia Central Railroad Company started as the Louisa Railroad Company. Formed in 1836, the Louisa Railroad Company built several railroad lines in south and central Virginia. In 1850, the company name was changed to the Virginia Central Railroad Company. The company's trains and tracks became vital to the Confederacy during the Civil War, transporting men and supplies throughout Virginia. Most of the rail lines belonging to the Virginia Central Railroad Company were destroyed by order of Generals Ulysses S. Grant and Phillip Sheridan. Although heavily damaged at the end of the Civil War, the railroad was rebuilt and fully operational by the end of 1865. The Virginia Central Railroad Company merged with the Covington and Ohio Railroad in 1868 to form the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad.

Scope and Content

This collection contains a receipt from the Virginia Central Railroad Company for the rental of a male slave named Isaac. The receipt is a check-sized form made out to Mrs. Elisabeth S. Lindsay. The receipt promises to pay Mrs. Lindsay $175 in exchange for Isaac's work as a slave during the year of 1856. The document also states that money is to be paid after the first day of January 1857 and that the railroad must return Isaac with a hat and blanket and be "well clothed". The receipt is signed by E. Fontaine, president of the Virginia Central Railroad Company. The back of the document bares the signature of Lindsay and states that the sum was paid out on January 15, 1857.

Arrangement

This collection is arranged by material type.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

  • Local/Regional History and Appalachian South
  • Railroad
  • Slavery -- United States
  • Virginia -- History

Container List

folder 1
Receipt,
1855-1857