May 07, 2020 - Sale 2534

Sale 2534 - Lot 381

Price Realized: $ 2,375
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(RECONSTRUCTION.) Tillson, Davis. Military order regarding deceitful plantation owners. One printed page, 7 1/2 x 4 3/4 inches, signed in type by the author as Assistant Commissioner of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen & Abandoned Lands and his commanding officer Oliver Otis Howard; binding holes in left and bottom margins, light vertical fold, otherwise minimal wear. Augusta, GA, 17 July 1866

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This order prohibited landowners from expelling sharecroppers without payment unless they showed good cause and received the consent of the Bureau. It reports that many planters had been "driving off freed people employed by them and refusing to pay for their labor. Sometimes this is done openly, but generally by purposely quarreling with the freed-people--threatening them with violence if they remain. . . . If this unjust and dishonest conduct is persisted in, the State will be filled with unemployed freed-people, without means of subsistence, who must live by theft or be supported by the Government. Therefore persons employing freed-people are forbidden to discharge them without payment, unless they shall first show sufficient cause." None traced in OCLC or at auction.