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Headquarters District of South Eastern Virginia, Circular No. 6

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Title

Headquarters District of South Eastern Virginia, Circular No. 6

Subject

African Americans Freedmen's Bureau, labor

Description

The Freedmen's Bureau also had responsibility for administering land (plantations) that white Southerners abandoned, although in Virginia that did not often happen. Nevertheless, many freedpeople believed that the property of their former owners would be confiscated and that each former slave would receive forty acres and a mule to enable them to become independent farmers. This notice that General Alfred H. Terry issued in November, 1865, was meant to counteract a belief that at the end of the year the Freedmen's Bureau would begin distributing free land to the freedpeople. Officers "will endeavor to meet and converse with those of the Freedmen who possess the greatest influence of their fellows" to correct the misunderstanding.

Creator

Alfred H. Terry

Source

Norfolk County Court Correspondence with the U.S. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, 1865-1866, Local Government Records Collection, Norfolk County Court Records, Library of Virginia.

Date

November 9, 1865

Contributor

Library of Virginia

Rights

CC BY-SA

Format

JPG

Type

Circular

Identifier

14_0705_001

Coverage

Norfolk County; Southeastern Virginia