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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April 7, 1866
Maj. Gen. O.O. Howard:
Does the President's recent proclamation remove martial law in this State? If so, Gen. Brannan does not feel authorized to arrest parties who have committed outrages on freed people or refulgees.
Please answer by telegraph.
Brig. Gen. of Vols