Rations stopped by the Freedmen

October 10, 1866


An announcement has been made by the Freedmen's Bureau that they will no longer be supplying rations to poor black citizens due to budget cuts.


Rations Stopped by the Freedmen's Bureau.--The Freedmen's Bureau has, as will be seen from the following correspondence, determined to stop the issue of rations to freedmen who will not work: Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, Office Sub-District of Richmond, Richmond, Va., August 28th, 1866.--T. P. August, Esq., Chairman of the Committee of the Poor of the city of Richmond: Sir,--I hate the honor respectfully to enclose you a copy of Circular No. 10, dated War Department, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, Washington, D. C., 22d August, 1866, with reference to the non-issue of rations by the Bureau after the 1st October, 1866. You will perceive from the tenor of the circular that after that date the city will have to assume charge of the indigent freedmen and refugees not embraced in the exceptions. Very respectfully, your obedient servant, Benjamin C. Cook, Brevet Captain, &c. War Department, Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, Washington, August 22, 1866.--Circular No. 10.--In accordance with the instructions of the Secretary of War, it is ordered that on and after the 1st of October next, the Issue of rations be discontinued except to the sick in regularly organized hospitals, and to the orphan asylum for refugees and freedmen already existing; and that the State officials who may be responsible for the care of the poor be carefully notified of this order, so that they may assume the charge of such Indigent refugees and freedmen as are not embraced in the above exceptions. 0. 0. Howard, Major-General, Commissioner.
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