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Letter: Headquarters, Department of the South, Atlanta, Georgia, to General U[lysses] S. [Grant], Washington, D.C., 1868 Oct. 3

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Creator: Meade, George Gordon, 1815-1872
Title: Letter: Headquarters, Department of the South, Atlanta, Georgia, to General U[lysses] S. [Grant], Washington, D.C., 1868 Oct. 3
Date: 1868 Oct. 3
Description: George Gordon Meade, commander of the Department of the South's Third Military District in Georgia, writes to to Commanding General of the United States Army, U[lysses]. S. [Grant]. This letter is written on October 3, 1868, after Meade received, on October 2, an investigative report by Captain William Mills on the Septmeber 19 outbreak of violence between freedmen together with Republicans who attempted to hold a political rally in Camilla, Georgia, and the white townspeople who opposed them. Meade encloses both his letter to Georgia Governor Rufus B. Bullock and Captain Mills' report. Meade tells Grant that he has troops in readiness but has not sent them to Camilla, as according to departmental instructions he must only intervene at the behest of local civil authorities. Meade further explains the decision of the Georgia Legislature to decline authorization to Governor Bullock to make such a request for troops from Meade. Yet Meade tells Grant he has assured Bullock that if local civil authorities are prevented from acting on their own, that he is still prepared to send troops, and that he will definitely be sending troops to keep order during the upcoming presidential election ( the election in which Grant was to be the winner).

Document ID: cam044.

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: Bullock, Rufus B. (Rufus Brown), 1834-1907 | United States. Army | African Americans--Georgia--History--19th century | African Americans--Georgia--Social conditions--To 1964 | Freedmen--Georgia--Violence against | Military assistance | 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 | Grant, U. S. (Ulysses S.), 1881-1968 | 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
Digital Library of Georgia
United States. National Archives and Records Administration
Collection Information: Civil Unrest in Camilla, Georgia, 1868 : Reconstruction, Republicanism, and Race