The Virginia Freedmen

June 13, 1866


Charlottesville freedmen unite to request for continuation of military protection, claiming their need for safeguards against bodily harm from former masters.


A memorial signed by one hundred freedmen of Charlottesville has been presented to General Howard by a committee of the signers. It asks for continued military protection, and recites that they are deprived of reasonable safeguards against bodily injury by their former masters, and that Generals Steedman and Fullerton, during their sojourn in Charlottesville, consulted with forty ex-rebelsfand not one colored loyalist.
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