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Steele, Frederick (1819-1868) General Orders no. 3 [inability of government to help black refugees]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07293 Author/Creator: Steele, Frederick (1819-1868) Place Written: Montgomery Type: Document Date: 1865/05/04 Pagination: 1 p. 20.3 x 12.7 cm

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC07293 Author/Creator: Steele, Frederick (1819-1868) Place Written: Montgomery Type: Document Date: 1865/05/04 Pagination: 1 p. 20.3 x 12.7 cm

Summary of Content: Informing people that "destitution and distress is likely to arise from the influx of the colored population into this city. People of this class are informed that it is impossible for the United States Government to feed them and they are advised to remain of the plantations and assist to raise crops to keep themselves and their children from starving." Signed by Joseph Lymun as Adjutant General to Major General F. Steele.

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Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Government and CivicsUnion ForcesMilitary HistoryCivil WarRefugeesAfrican American HistorySlaveryFreemenReconstructionAgriculture and Animal HusbandryChildren and FamilyDiet and nutrition

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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