Valley of the Shadow
The Aftermath
Spring 1865–Fall 1870

Freedmen’s Bureau


Education (1865-1870)

The encouragement and promotion of education among the newly freed population was one of the Bureau’s most important functions. Letters pertaining to education touch on almost all aspects of early efforts to build schools, education youth and adult members of the community, and the duties and activities of the teachers who taught in Augusta County. Some of these letters contain statistics about the number of students, while others are requests for financial assistance from the Bureau.