Instructions to the Commissioners appointed under the Proclamation of his Excellency, the Governor of this Commonwealth for the "reorganization of Counties not now organized" under the restored Government of Virginia
During the summer of 1865, the Secretary of the Commonwealth issued instructions to commissioners of election in the counties that had not been part of the loyal Restored government of Virginia. He advised registrars that by an act of General Assembly, "[T]he right to vote and hold office is restored to all officers attached to militia regiments, disbanded before the 1st day of July 1862, who have not, since the 1st day of January 1864 voluntarily given aid and comfort to the enemies of this State and to the United States."
Charles H. Lewis
Gravely Family Papers, 1753-1988, Accession 34126, Personal Papers Collection, Library of Virginia
Library of Virginia
Finding aid to Gravely Family Papers, 1753-1988
14_0383_003, 14_0383_004, Lewis instructions to commissioners_1865_transcription_14_0383_004-005.pdf