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CIRCULAR, NO. 12. WAR DEPARTMENT BUREAU OF REFUGEES, FREEDMEN, AND ABANDONED LANDS, WASHINGTON, D. C., July 14, 1865. The United States Sanitary Commission having and established Army and Navy Claim Agency for the collection, gratuitously, of pensions and other government claims, and being desirous of extending the benefits of the same to the colored soldiers and their families without maintaining independent and expensive agencies, at certain points to be by it designated, Assistant Commissioners, Superintendents of Districts, or other officers in charge of freedmen's affairs connected with this Bureau will act as the agents of the Sanitary Commission in this particular, and cause all claims presented to them to be conducted on the blanks furnished by and according to the direction of the central office of the U. S. Sanitary Commission Army Claim Agency at Washington, D. D. O. O. HOWARD, Major General, Commissioner Bureau Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands. OFFICIAL: Assistant Adjutant General.
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