Valley of the Shadow
The Aftermath
Spring 1865–Fall 1870

Freedmen’s Bureau


Public Welfare (1865-1870)

This broad and expansive category generally encompasses all letters which offer some comment on the general condition of freedpersons in Augusta County, frequently in the context of relief aid in the form of rations, material and financial assistance, and issues of poverty in general. There are, however, also letters about public health issues, temperance and broad community issues.