Reprinted in Edward McPherson (ed.), A Handbook of Politics for 1868 (Washington, DC: Philp and Solomons, 1868), 17.
John Osborne, Dickinson College
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ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE, WAR DEPARTMENT,
Washington, April 17, 1866
The President's proclamation does not remove martial law, or operate in any way upon the Freedmen's Bureau in the exercise of its legitimate jurisdiction. It is not expedient, however, to resort to military tribunal in any case where justice can be attained through the medium of civil authority.
E.D. TOWNSEND, A.A.G.