“All Negroes who have flocked into camp will be permitted to return to their masters”

Jan 19 1862 Wrote Brig. Gen. Eleazer Paine, “You will proceed to Bird’s Point as soon as practicable with a portion of your command, as much as can be taken with their baggage with the transportation supplied.

“On your arrival, all citizen prisoners, against whom you have no charge, will be released and all Negroes who have flocked into camp will be permitted to return to their masters.

“I learn from Col. Perczel that there are many of this class now in camp, who have flocked there through fear.  Some discretion will have to be used in forcing these people out of camp, now that they are in. I would require all, however, who have masters in Camp, to take their negroes with them.”

The Papers of Ulysses S Grant, Vol 4, p 68-9

O.R., I, vii, 560

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