Charlton H. Way slave bills of sale
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Charlton H. Way slave bills of sale

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Way, Charlton H., 1836-1900.
Title: Charlton H. Way slave bills of sale
Dates: 1864-1865
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0843

Biographical/Historical Note

Charlton H. Way (1836-1900) was born in Liberty County, but he spent most of his life in Savannah, Georgia. He was one of the organizers of the Oglethorpe Light Infantry, a local military company. During the Civil War, he commanded the 54th Regiment of Georgia Infantry. He was appointed Consul General to St. Petersburg by President Cleveland. He was Commissioner from Georgia during the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893.

Scope and Content Note

This collection consists of two bills of sale for slaves, one woman and one man, sold by Charlton Way to Wallace Cumming. These sales occurred after the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863; Way sold the female slave on July 30, 1864 and the male slave on March 15, 1865.

Index Terms

Bills of sale.
Slave trade--Georgia.
Way, Charlton H., 1836-1900.

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Charlton H. Way slave bills of sale, MS 843, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Bill of sale of an African American woman to Wallace Cumming, 1864 July 30 ( 1.0 p. )
Item 2: Bill of sale of an African American man to Wallace Cumming, 1865 March 15 ( 1.0 p. )