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control of such cases and will take up such property only when the United States has an equitable title, and the animals are not indispensably employed in agricultural pursuits.

Animals which have been siezed[sic] as above, and the proceeds of the sale of such as have been sold, will also be transferred under the above order.

(Sd) Edwin M. Stanton
Secretary of War

No seizures under this order will be made, except on written orders from this office specifying the property to be taken. Such orders will be issued only on strong presumption of fraud, and right of trial be afforded.
By order of Maj Gen Wager Swayne
Asst Adjt Genl

Office Assistant Commissioner
Bureau of Refugees. Freedmen
and Abandoned Lands
Montgomery, Ala. Jany 14. 1866
General Orders
No 1
Captain M.C. Wilkinson Veteran Reserve Corps, having in accordance with orders from the War Dept reported at this office is hereby assigned to duty
as Act. Asst. Adjt General in the Bureau Refugees. Freedmen and Abandoned Lands for the State of Alabama.

II lst Lieut George F. Browning lst Vet. Res. Corps having in accordance with orders 


from the War Dept. Bureau Refugees Freedman and Abandoned Lands reported at this office is hereby assigned to duty as Aide-de-Camp to the Assistant Commissioner.
By order of
Bvt Maj Gen Wager Swayne

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Office, Assistant Commissioner 
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands
Montgomery, Ala. Jany 29 1866

General Orders
No 2

To remedy the existing conflict of title to animals heretofore the property of the United States, and now in the possession of citizens of this State by abandonment or transfer during the war, the following rules of decision are announced.
1- Where the animals were picked up or acquired in a plantation by persons in the employ of the planter, and have been fed and recuperated at the expense of the planter, they are his property.
2- When the animals have been picked up or acquired at a distance from the plantation where the person picking up or acquiring them is employed, they are the property of the person so picking up or acquiring.
3- If the animals coming under rule second above are fed at the expense of the planter whose place they may be taken to, he is entitled to remuneration therefor, but the person bringing the animals to the place, is also entitled to remuneration.

Transcription Notes:
Gen Orders No 2 still needs to be transcribed. Thanks! - Emily, TC staff 3-18-2021: Deciphered [[?]]s; made corrections