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colony on Island 63 thirty miles below Helena. He removed from the Freedmen Camp near Helena about fifty men and two hundred women and sent them to Island 63.  The contraband ration was issued to these people for the first twenty days -- since then this Colony consisting of from three to four hundred persons-- mostly women has been self-supporting, by chopping wood for the Q.M. Dept and cultivating cotton during the summer.  They have purchased from the Commissariat and paid for the stores consumed at invoice price, and thirty perct added -- Such sales were made in compliance with Par 1230 Rev. Reg. 1863 and accounted for on my sales to citizens employed with the Army.  This Colony has been under the directions of the Genl Comd'g at Helena and independent of the Freedmens Dept.
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