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Saxton, Rufus (1824-1908) To the freedmen in the Department of the South

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03839 Author/Creator: Saxton, Rufus (1824-1908) Place Written: Beaufort, South Carolina Type: Broadside Date: 6 August 1863 Pagination: 1 p. ; 20.2 x 12.7 cm.

Summary of Content: Circular declaring: "The President of the United States having appointed the 6th day of August, 1863, as a day of Public Thanksgiving and Praise for the glorious victories of our armies over the enemies of our country... Although you are still in the wilderness, your prospects for liberty were never brighter than now." Refers to the Emancipation Proclamation.

Background Information: Following the Civil War, General Saxton was the Freedman's Bureau Assistant Commissioner for the States of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.

People: Saxton, Rufus, 1824-1908
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: FreemenAfrican American HistorySlaveryConfederate States of AmericaPresidential Speeches and ProclamationsPresidentGovernment and CivicsEmancipationEmancipation ProclamationLiberty

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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