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The Freedmen's Bureau - 2

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Land order for Richard Brown,...
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Land order for Richard Brown, April 1, 1865 (Charleston, South Carolina)

In January 1865 General William T. Sherman authorized the confiscation of Confederate land along the AtlanticCoast for redistribution into 40-acre tracts to be given to newly freed African Americans such as freedman Richard Brown. Later that year President Andrew Johnson ended this land redistribution and returned captured properties to pardoned former landowners.

Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, National Archives and Records Administration