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Civil Unrest in Camilla, Georgia, 1868
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Author: United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands.
Extent: 45 items
Repository: DeSoto Trail Regional Library, 145 East Broad Street, Camilla, Georgia, 31730. Phone: (912) 336-8372
About the letters: The Civil Unrest in Camilla, Georgia, 1868 collection located at the DeSoto Trail Library and comprised of photostatic copies from the Freedman's Bureau records held by the National Archives, consists of letters, affidavits, reports and a newspaper clipping relating to a violent episode in Camilla, Georgia. The incident occured on September 19, 1868 when freedmen, together with Republicans W.P. Pierce, John Murphy and F.F. Putney attempted to hold a political rally, and were met with opposition from the white townspeople of Camilla. The dates of the documents largely span from September 19, through October of 1868 and include correspondence between Caleb Chase Sibley, assistant commissioner for the Freedmen’s Bureau in the state of Georgia, the Commissioner, Oliver Otis Howard, the Secretary of War John M. Schofield, and George Gordon Meade, military commander of the Third Military District in Georgia, as well as lesser-known Bureau agents’ correspondence, reports and affidavits containing first hand accounts of the incident from freedmen and others.

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Creation of Civil Unrest in Camilla, Georgia, 1868 Site: The following GALILEO, Digital Library of Georgia, and University of Georgia Libraries Staff contributed to the production of the Camilla site:

Special thanks to Ray Mitchell, DeSoto Trail Regional Library, Lee W. Formwalt, OAH, Indiana University, and Steven F. Miller, Freedmen and Southern Society Project, University of Maryland.

Publisher: The Digital Library of Georgia, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, GA 30602

Date: 2001

Publication status: This work is the property of The University of Georgia Libraries. It may be used freely by individuals for research, teaching, and personal use as long as this statement of availability is included in the text.

Editorial notes for SGML version: Quotation marks retained as data except inside q tags. Errors in transcription of the printed text controlled with Microsoft Word spell-checker; text has also been thoroughly proofread. Corrections and normalization represented by editorial tags. All unambiguous end-of-line hyphens have been removed.



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