Trent River Settlement

June 9, 1866, page 361

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Generals Steedman and Fullerton conferring with the Freedmen in their church
at the Trent River Settlement


In 1866 President Andrew Johnson sent Generals John Steedman and Joseph Fullerton on a tour of the South to gather information in an effort to discredit the Freedmenís Bureau. Southern blacks, however, expressed strong support for the continued presence of the Freemenís Bureau, believing that it offered them necessary aid and, especially, protection. In one case, when General Steedman offered a crowd of 800 blacks a hypothetical choice between the Freedmenís Bureau and the federal army, the audience overwhelmingly chose the Bureau.


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