Petition of Residents of Lunenburg County to Governor Francis H. Pierpont
African Americans, military service, race relations
For several months after the end of the war, the army stationed soldiers, including African Americans, throughout Virginia to enforce the Emancipation Proclamation and protect the freedpeople. White Lunenburg County residents petitioned Governor Pierpont to remove the African American troops who had been quartered at the county seat, because their presence was "repugnant and humiliating to our feelings," and they feared the troops would have an "improper and injurious influence on our former Slaves."
Lunenburg County residents
Executive Papers of Governor Francis H. Pierpont, 1865–1868, Accession 37024, Library of Virginia
undated, ca. 1865
Library of Virginia
Finding aid to Executive Papers of Governor Francis F. Pierpont.
15_0707_006_, Lunenburg County Petition_1865_transcription.pdf
Lunenburg County, Virginia