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Bureau of Refugees Freedmen &c
Hd Qr Asst. Commissioner
Raleigh N.C. July 13" 1865

Barnett Capt John C.  
Asst. Supt. 
/16  

Capt.

I am very glad to perceive by your letter of June 29/65 which for some unknown cause has just reached me! that you have entered upon the work of caring for the Freedmen with so much vigor & success.  I will ask to have you detailed as a permanent officer of the Bureau, & hope [[footnote 1]] you will be willing to continue in the service. The orders and circulars enclosed will answer some of your inquiries.  But in many things your own good judgment will be your only guide.  You are authorized to establish camps for the homeless & destitute, it will be easier to provide for [[footnote 2]] them there than if scattered about towns. Call upon the Medical Departments for the Army for attendance & supplies, I  think G.O. no 102 C.G.O. May 31" 1965 gives the right to make this requisition.  I have no copy of that order at present [[footnote 3]] but will send you one as soon as possible.  Transportation will be furnished you see circular No. 5 Bureau of Refugees Freedmen &c Par. V.  But great care should be used to check the roaming of those just free from bondage.  
I shall be glad to hear from you often.

Very Respectfully
E Whittlesey
Col. and Asst. Commissioner

L.R.-B.3

[[footnote 1]] writes him to continue in service

[[footnote 2]] Med. Dept. will furnish supplies in accordance with GO 102 A.G.O.

[[footnote 3]] Transportation furnished in accordance with Circular no. 5 Par. V

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Bureau of Refugees Freedmen &c
Hd Qr Asst. Commissioner
Raleigh N.C. July 13" 1865

Armsby Chaplain Lawrence 
Laurence Armsby Chaplain 8" Minn
James Mitchell " [[ditto for: Chaplain]] 178" O.V.I.

Sir

In reply to your communication dated Charlotte N.C. June 26" 1865 requesting that a lot of ground be given by the Govt. to the Colored people of that section for establishing a church, I am [[footnote 1]] directed by the Asst. Commissioner to request that you describe more particularly the situation of the lot described, give the number of acres contained in said lot, also all information concerning former owners of said land.  
Also let the request for the land be signed by some competent officer of that Dept.  Any Supt. of Freedmens Affairs.

Very respectfully
Your Obt Servt
Fred H Beecher
Lt. and Asst. Adjt. Genl.

L.R.-A.1.

[[footnote 1]] Requests more definite description of lot of land desired.

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Bureau of Refugees Freedmen &c
Hd Qr Asst. Commissioner
Raleigh N.C. July 13" 1865

Asst. Surg. R.B.

R.B. Brown
Asst. Surg. in charge of Post.

Sir

I intended to see you on my return from Roanoke, but not having had the opportunity, I will now say in reply to your communication that the Medical Department is in my judgement authorized to furnish all Medical Supplies and attendance necessary for freedmen by G.O. 102 AGU May 31" 1865 which directs all military authorities to afford the Bureau of Freedmen &c such facilities as it may need.  If however any orders from the Surg. Genl. are in conflict with this, please send me copies of such order, and I will make application for relief through Genl. Howard to proper authority.

Very Respectfully
Your Obt. Servt
E Whittlesey
Col. and Asst. Commissioner

L.R.-B.2

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Bureau of Refugees Freedmen &c
Hd Qr Asst. Commissioner
Raleigh N.C. July 13" 1865

Smith Maj. Supt of Western Dist.

Maj Smith  Supt. of Western District

Sir

Your letter was received at these Hd Qrs. during my absence at Roanoke.  I regret much the necessity of losing your services.  Will you have the kindness to consult with Genl. Carter, & recommend an officer to put in charge of your District, so that I may ask to have him detailed without delay.

Very Respectfully
Your Obt. Servt
E Whittlesey
Col. and Asst. Commissioner
 
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Bureau of Refugees Freedmen &c
Hd Qr Asst. Commissioner
Raleigh N.C. July 13" 1865

Comdg Officer of US troops at Forrestville N.C.

Sir

[[footnote 1]] It is reported by Wilson Morgan of Neuse River Falls, that James Ray, J.B. Laster, Moses H. Allen, & others threaten to break up a colored Sabbath School at that place.  Will you have the kindness to see that the negroes are protected in their freedom.  It is also reported that the citizens of Forrestville N.C. will not allow a Sabbath School to be established by the Freedmen, if this is true please inform me.

Very Respectfully
E Whittlesey
Col. and Asst. Commissioner

[[footnote 1]] Morgan Wilson

Transcription Notes:
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