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G. E. ELFORD - AUTOGRAPH RECEIPT SIGNED 01/20/1866 CO-SIGNED BY: CIVIL WAR - UNION - HFSID 251767

CIVIL WAR and RECONSTRUCTION; G. E. ELFORD Receipt for printing of Freedmen's handbills and contracts, signed by a printer who had also flourished under the Confederacy. Autograph Receipt signed: "Received Jan 20, on written/account fifteen dollars/G. E. Elford", 2 pages (front and verso), 8½x7. Signed on verso.

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CIVIL WAR and RECONSTRUCTION; G. E. ELFORD
Receipt for printing of Freedmen's handbills and contracts, signed by a printer who had also flourished under the Confederacy.
Autograph Receipt signed: "Received Jan 20, on written/account fifteen dollars/G. E. Elford", 2 pages (front and verso), 8½x7. Signed on verso. Greenville, South Carolina, 1866 January 20. Partly printed document titled Board of Contracts with Freedman. To The Patriots and Mountaineer Division. Itemized bill for printing of handbills and contracts in January, totaling $29.00. During the early phase of post-Civil War Reconstruction, the Freedman's Bureau, established to assist the transition of former slaves to their new place as free citizens, while at the same time allowing the South to rebuild an economy built on slave labor, established a system whereby the Freedman's Bureau signed off on labor contracts between former slaves ("freedmen") and employers in the south. A biography of G. E. Elford is unavailable, but his name as a printer appears on many documents dating from before, during and after the Civil War. Both Houses of the South Carolina legislature paid Elford for printing jobs during the war, and his firm published The Confederate Sunday School Hymn Book (1963). Lightly creased throughout. Light toning around the edges. Otherwise, fine condition.

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