When Freedom Cried Out:
The Freedmen's Bureau in Texas

 

 

 


GENERAL ORDERS, WAR DEPT., ADJT. GENERAL’S OFFICE,
No. 91.	Washington, May 12, 1865.

ORDER ORGANIZING BUREAU OF REFUGEES, FREEDMEN, AND 
ABANDONED LANDS.

	I.By direction of the President, Maj. Gen. 0. 0. Howard is 
assigned to duty in the War Department as Commissioner of the Bureau
 of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, under the act of Con-
gress entitled “An act to establish a bureau for the relief of freed-
men and refugees,” to perform the duties and exercise all the rights,
authority, and jurisdiction vested by the act of Congress in such com-
missioner. General Howard will enter at once upon the duties of
Commissioner specified in said act.
	II.	The Quartermaster-General will without delay assign and 
furnish suitable quarters and apartments for the said Bureau.
	III. The Adjutant-General will assign to the said Bureau the 1mm-
ber of competent clerks authorized by the act of Congress.
By order of the President of the United States:
E. D. TOWNSEND,
Assistant Adjutant- General.

  Extracted from The War of the Rebellion in Cornell University's Making of America

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