[N.p., likely Beaufort, S.C. ca. July 15, 1863]. 3pp. Single folded sheet. Soft vertical center crease, light wrinkling. Clean and very good. Item #WRCAM54050
An interesting circular written by Union Brigadier General Rufus Saxton, and printed on a military field press, laying out the procedures for prosecuting "all disputes and criminal matters which may arise on the plantations" under his authority. At the time he issued this decree, Saxton was the military governor of the Department of the South. Later, during his term, Saxton would direct the recruitment of the first regiments of black soldiers to serve in the Union Army. The present circular sought to "promote peace and good order among the residents upon Plantations in this Department." Perhaps bringing order and justice to the plantations was Saxton's first step towards recruiting the slaves on those plantations to fight against their captors. Rare, with no results at all in OCLC.