May 19, 1866
Freedmen's Bureau officers in Virginia and North Carolina are charged with malfeasance, or public wrongdoing by Southern General Howard. The South opposes the work of the Bureau and sees it an obstacle of Reconstruction.
Well Done! General Howard has ordered the arrest of the officers of the Freedmen's Bureau in Virginia and North Carolina recently reported by Generals Steedman and Fullerton as guilty of malfeasance in office. So we learn from the Tribune, which was no doubt authorized to make the announcement. But how do those arrests comport with the General's assurance to the public in his last letter that stories prejudicial to to the character of his subordinates were not to be relied upon? Does he intend to "whitewash" his pets? We shall see.
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“Well Done!,” Reconstructing Virginia, accessed May 17, 2022, https://reconstructingvirginia.richmond.edu/items/show/165.