MAJOR GENERAL OLIVER O. HOWARD - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 05/20/1868 - HFSID 22240
Sale Price $405.00
OLIVER O. HOWARD
Oliver O. Howard sends an autograph letter a year after he founded Howard University complying with a request.
Autograph Letter Signed: "O.O. Howard/Maj. Gen./Commissioner" as Commissioner of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, War Department,Washington City,1868 May 20. A year after he founded Howard Universityin Washington, D.C., theGeneral who lost his right arm at Fair Oaks and saw action at Chancellorsville and Gettysburg, writes to Geo. W. Reed, Esq., New York City. In full: "I take pleasure in complying with your modest request - I wish I could satisfy all who request favors as easily." The Freedmen's Bureau was a federal agency designed to assist black Americans in their transition from slavery to freedom at the end of the Civil War. It was established by Congress on March 3, 1865 andMajor General O. O. Howard was named its commissioner by President Andrew Johnson on May 12, 1865. The Bureau provided emergency food and shelter to the dislocated by the war and was expected to define how former slaves would provide for their own subsistence. Howard became President of Howard Universityin 1869. In 1874, Howard retired from both jobs. He later served asSuperintendent of the U.S Military Academy at West Point (1881-1882). Some words smudged (not signature), else fine.
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