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War Department
Washington City,
April 6th 1865


Mr Richard Boyle (col'd) school teacher on Roanoke Island, presents a statement of the condition of the contrabands at that place, who, he represents, are being treated with great injustice and severity by their superintendent, Chaplain James.  He states that the women and children are reduced to misery by the conduct of the superintendent and others - their rations being cut down and the children being taken away from the school and sent to Newbern to work for their sustenance.  Mr Boyle asks to know whether this evil cannot be met by some action of the Department.

Camp Foster
Roanoke Island
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