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Letter: Albany, Georgia, to Brevet Brigadier-General R.C. Drum, Assistant Adjutant General, Department of the South, McPherson Barracks, Atlanta, Georgia, 1868 Sept. 29

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Type: Letters (correspondence) | Text
Creator: Mills, William, fl. 1868
Title: Letter: Albany, Georgia, to Brevet Brigadier-General R.C. Drum, Assistant Adjutant General, Department of the South, McPherson Barracks, Atlanta, Georgia, 1868 Sept. 29
Date: 1868 Sept. 29
Description: In his letter written September 29, 1868 to Brevet Brigadier-General R.C. Drum, Assistant Adjutant General of the Department of the South headquartered at McPherson Barracks in Atlanta, Georgia, Captain William Mills reports on his investigation into the violence in Camilla, Georgia that began on September 19, 1868 before a Republican political rally that was supposed to take place there. Mills describes the events leading up to the violence including Sheriff Mumford S. Poore's attempts to bar the rally-goers from approaching Camilla and the role of James Johns, an intoxicated Camilla citizen who shot into the crowd, as well as those of Republican Party members and rally organizers, W.P. Pierce, John Murphy, and F.F. Putney. Mills also notes that approximately half of the freedmen involved in the rally were said to be armed. According to Mills, nine freedmen were killed and twenty-five to thirty were wounded, and as of yet, no action had been taken on the matter. Lastly, Mills promises to send the proceedings from an open meeting held in Albany, Georgia, September 26, 1868 regarding the Camilla incident .

Document ID: cam021.

Digital image and transcription created by the Digital Library of Georgia in 2001 of a photocopy held by DeSoto Trail Regional Library of an original record held by the National Archives.

Subjects: Murphy, John, fl. 1868 | Pierce, W. P. | Putney, F. F. | Poore, Mumford | Johns, James, fl. 1868 | Republican Party (Ga.)--History--19th century | African Americans--Georgia--History--19th century | African Americans--Georgia--Social conditions--To 1964 | Freedmen--Georgia--Political activity | Freedmen--Georgia--Violence against | Reconstruction--Georgia | Political violence--Georgia--Camilla | Georgia--History--1865- | Georgia--Politics and government--1865-1950 | Mitchell County (Ga.)--Politics and government | Mitchell County (Ga.)--Race relations | Drum, Richard C. (Richard Coulter), 1825-1909 | Camilla (Ga.) | Mitchell County (Ga.)
Contributors: DeSoto Trail Regional Library System | United States. National Archives and Records Administration
Online Publisher: Athens, Ga. : Digital Library of Georgia, 2001
Rights and Usage: 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.

Cite as: [title of item], United States. Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. Records. National Archives and Records Administration, presented in the Digital Library of Georgia

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Related Institutions: DeSoto Trail Regional Library System
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Collection Information: Civil Unrest in Camilla, Georgia, 1868 : Reconstruction, Republicanism, and Race