General Rufus Saxton, Assistant Commissioner
Bureau of Freedmen and Refugees
Circular No. 2
August 16, 1865
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This document, circular no. 2, was issued while General Saxton was the Assistant Commissioner for the
Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen and Abandoned Lands in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. The
circular was a proclamation to be read to freedmen about their new lives as freedmen. General Saxton
highlighted working, marriage and education.
General Rufus Saxton