Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20884863 Details

State:Louisiana
Location:West Baton Rouge
Location Type:Parish
Salutation:To the Judge holding sessions in and for the parish of West Baton Rouge State of Louisiana (, )
Filing Date:1848-March-20
Ending Date:1849-January-29

General Petition Information

Abstract:Zephirin Blanchard seeks compensation for a gunshot injury inflicted on his slave, named Charles, by one James F. Dixon, overseer of Col. Nolan Stewart’s plantation. Blanchard represents that, in April 1847, Charles was “peaceably and quietly passing” in front of Stewart’s plantation, when he was shot in the knee by Dixon. According to Blanchard, Charles had given Dixon “no Cause” for such action. He contends that Dixon, having asked Charles to produce a pass, got his rifle, mounted his horse, and pursued and shot him in the knee. The ball entered the knee and caused “irreparable damage.” The care of a physician and a nurse were required to tend to the wound. Charles still walks with difficulty and is no “advantage” to Blanchard. Blanchard therefore prays for an order condemning Dixon to compensate him in the amount of $800 for time lost and medical expenses.
Result:denied; appealed; reversed
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Judgment, 1 April 1848; Answer, James F. Dixon, 27 March 1848; Testimonies, Dr. A. Visinier, et al., 1 April 1848; Supreme Court Opinion and Judgment [Incomplete], 29 January 1849; Transcript of Court Records, 20 March 1848-1 April 1848, including: Sheriff's Return, 20 March 1848; Court Record of Slave Sale, 28 September 1848; and Motion for New Trial, 1 April 1848; Copy of Supreme Court Opinion and Decree [Complete], 29 January 1849
Pages of Related Documents:26

People Associated with Petition 20884863

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: University of New Orleans

  • Records of the Sixth Judicial District Court and Supreme Court of Louisiana Collection
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  • Document Number 984
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  • Book: 1,135
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Processing Information

Record Created:10/13/1999
Record Final Edited:1/15/2004
Record Last Updated on:8/2/2006 1:19:00 PM