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Letter: [Albany, Georgia], to Colonel John Randolph Lewis, Atlanta, Georgia, 1868 Sept. 20

author: Howard, O. H.
date: September 20, 1868
extent: 2p
summary: On September 20, 1868, the day after the initial outbreak of violence between whites and freedmen in Camilla, Albany agent Brevet Major O.H. Howard writes to assistant inspector general for the Georgia Freedman's Bureau, Colonel John Randolph Lewis regarding the affair. He says he has sent a Mr. Schlotfeldt to Atlanta with the accounts of the affair as he himself does not feel the current climate of tension between the whites and the freedmen permits him to leave his post. Though he adds, that without the support of troops, there may be little he can do for long to stop further violence, and states that if necessary he will put the safety of himself and his family first. He concludes by saying that a doctor is attending to the wounded.
repository: DeSoto Trail Regional Library (Camilla, Ga.)
collection: Civil Unrest in Camilla, Georgia, 1868

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Bureau. R., F. & A. L. [Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands]
Albany, Ga. [Georgia], Sept [September] 20." [twentieth] 1868
Col. [Colonel] J. R. Lewis.[unclear text: U.S.A.]
Atlanta, Ga. [Georgia]
Col. [Colonel]

I hurry Mr Schlotfeldt off with the fullest accounts I can command of the affair at Camilla, I believe the account I send you, to be correct without any exaggeration.

I wished to come up myself, but I dare not leave the freedmen here to themselves. If any one can prevent them from going to Camilla en masse I can do it, therefore, I remain here.

Unless vigorous measures are instituted, and troops are stationed here for the protection of all parties, there will be much

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bloodshed. I cannot restrain the people.

It will be useless for me to attempt to block the way of thousands, for any length of time, I must protect my family and let the contending parties fight it out.

It is coming

I have sent the Doctor to attend to the wounded.

Respy [Respectfully] & Truly Yours
[Signed] O. H. Howard

A true copy
M Frank Gallagher
Bt. Capt [Brevet Captain] . U.S.A. [United States of America]
A. A. A. G.

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