Samuel Q. Richardson to Hamilton, September 1865

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there should be a suitable body of troops in said


county for the said reasons the principal parties


say that they set the Federal laws at defiance


and no one shall live if they interfere between


them and their negroes also that there is a secret


organization to assist the said parties and to


compel said negroes and all others to go back to their


masters. I would also state there is an extensive


organization in this part [of] the state to prevent


any parties except the former owners from employing


Negroes and timely action by your Excellency in


sending troops in the county will sustain order


and prevent the Negroes from being trampled upon


or an altercation with said parties and those


who have been hiring said Negroes. Notices have


already been stuck up forwarning persons from hiring


Negroes or they will be prosecuted by the parties.


In reviewing the above the substance is that the negroes


are maltreated and in the threats and menaces put forward


by certain parties I think that any civilian would


run a serious risk either in protecting the negroe


or upholding the law therefore I would respectfully


ask that a squad of soldiers be immediately


sent to the county. I will not enumerate the recent


murders of Negroes Several I have been told have been


murdered within the last few days and more will


be murdered if not be protected also the civilians will


I believe from threats be assassinated if they try to

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Samuel Q. Richardson to Hamilton, September 1865, Records of Andrew Jackson Hamilton, Texas Office of the Governor, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

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