Copy of Ed. H. Smith to Presiding Justices, Culpeper County Court, February 2, 1866, enclosed in T. Frank P. Crandon to Presiding Justices, Louisa County, March 3, 1866
African Americans, race relations
Before the Civil War, white Virginians feared slave rebellions and thus exerted repressive control over enslaved people. After the war they feared retribution by the freedpeople and in some parts of the state they attempted to disarm African Americans and re-arm whites. Late in 1865, the Louisa County court ordered that patrols be established to "take from the freedmen any arms found in their possession." Similar patrols confiscated weapons in Culpeper County, prompting the Freedmen's Bureau to issue an order in January 1866 "that the taking of arms from Freedmen be stopped, at once, and that all arms so taken be promptly restored
Ed. H. Smith and T. Frank P. Crandon
Executive Papers of Governor Francis F. Pierpont, 1865-1868, Accession 37024, State Government Records Collection, Library of Virginia.
Library of Virginia
Finding aid to Executive Papers of Governor Francis F. Pierpont.
Louisa County_1, Louisa County_2, Louisa County_3, Louisa County_4
Culpeper County, Louisa County, Virginia