General Charles Griffin to Throckmorton, April 26, 1867
Brevet Major General Charles Griffin of Ohio took command of the military district and Freedmen's Bureau of Texas in December 1866 and quickly became embroiled in the politics of Reconstruction. In the spring of 1867 he began to register Texas voters, both white and black. He disqualified former Confederates from holding office and found Unionist replacements for them. He also enforced the "iron-clad oath" for jurors, which required men to swear they had never given service to the Confederacy.
Griffin felt that Throckmorton was uncooperative with the Reconstruction effort, especially in conferring civil rights on African Americans, and persuaded General Phil Sheridan to remove Throckmorton as governor and replace him with former governor Elisha M. Pease, a Unionist.
Griffin died September 15, 1867, in the yellow fever epidemic that was ravaging the Texas coast.
Headquarters, District of Texas
His Excellency Hon. J.W. Throckmorton
The Petitioners affirm, with explicitness and
The County Judge and Commissioners of Parker
General Charles Griffin to Throckmorton, April 26, 1867, Records of James Webb Throckmorton, Texas Office of the Governor, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.