Freedmen's Bureau Records: Oliver O. Howard to T.
Torbert, July 18, 1865
Howard approves the detail of an officer to head a Bureau office in the Shenandoah Valley and gives further instructions in the matter.
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands, Brevet Maj. Gen'l. A.J.A. Torbert
Comdg Army of the Shenandoah
July 18th 1865
I have the honor to acknowledge the receipt of your communication of the 15th
inst, requesting that an agent of this Bureau be appointed for the Shenandoah
Valley etc. I will be glad if you will elect from the officers under your
command one that is capable, reliable, and a strong friend to the Freedmen, and
who will see them protected in all the rights and privileges guaranteed them by
law and the proclamation of the President, and detail
him for duty in this Bureau in accordance with General Orders No. [unclear: 102] War Dept. Current Series, copy herewith enclosed with Orders to report to Col. O. Brown Asst. Comr. at Richmond, Va. for instructions, etc. to whom your request and communication have been referred with a copy of this letter.
Enclosed please find circulars etc. issued from this Bureau.
Your obedient servant
Maj. Gen and Comr