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Charles Jones Jenkins to Andrew Johnson, Milledgeville, Georgia, February 15, 1866

Charles Jones Jenkins, detail
Newly elected Georgia Governor Charles Jenkins wrote to President Johnson, passing on the concerns of leading white citizens of Columbus, Georgia over their "occupation" by United States Colored Troops. Describing "grossly improper and insulting" behavior from these troops, such as from pushing white citizens off the sidewalks, Jenkins adds a personal experience in which his carriage was ordered to the side of the highway to accommodate black troops. Noting that the persons complaining are prominent and moral citizens and the white officers of the regiments seem unconcerned with such action against them, Jenkins asks that Georgia be relieved "of that portion of the United States Military." (By John Osborne)

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