Pittsburgh Daily Post July 8, 1865
Advices from Galveston to the 20th, state that Weitzel’s corps arrived there several days before. Galveston is occupied by colored troops, constituting a provost guard for the enforcement of law and order.
Gen. Gordon Granger left Galveston on the 20th June for Houston, with a sufficient force to occupy the city and protect the citizens in the vicinity.
The following general order was issued at Galveston by General Granger on the 19th:
‘The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, ‘all slaves are free.’
This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer.’
‘The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts, and that they will not be supported in idleness wither there or elsewhere.’
‘All acts of the governor and legislature of Texas, since the ordinance of succession, are hereby declared illegitimate.’
‘All civil and military officers and agents of the so-called Confederate States government, or of the state of Texas, and all persons formerly connected with the Confederate States army, in Texas, will at once report for parole.
‘All lawless persons committing acts of violence, such as banditti, guerrillas, jay-hawkers, horse thieves, etc., etc., are hereby declared out-laws and enemies of the human race, and will be dealt with accordingly.”Pittsburgh Daily Post, July 8, 1865
General Orders, No. 3 – The freedmen in and around the City of Houston are hereby directed to remain for the time being with their former owners. They are assured that by so doing they forfeit none of their rights of freedom. An Agent of the Government, whose business it is to superintend the making of contracts between the Freedmen and those who desire to employ them, is expected to be here soon. In the meantime, the Freedmen are advised to be patient and industrious.
No encouragement or protection will be given those who abandon their present homes for the purposes of idleness. If found in this city, without employment, or visible means of support, they will be put at labor, cleaning the streets, without compensation.
The Provost Marshal is charged with the enforcement of this Order.
By order of
Colonel G. W. Clark
Chas. F. Loshe, Post Adj’t”Galveston Daily News, June 23, 1865
Galveston Daily News July 7, 1865
Circular – Office of Provost Marshal General, District of Texas, Galveston, June 28, 1865
All persons formerly slaves are earnestly enjoined to remain with their former masters, under such contracts as may be made for the present time. Their own interest as well as that of their former masters, or other parties requiring their services, renders such a course necessary and of vital importance, until permanent arrangements are made under the auspices of the Freedman’s Bureau. It must be borne in mind, in this connection, that cruel treatment or improper use of the authority given to employers will not be permitted, whilst both parties to the contract are made, will be equally bound to its fulfillment on their part.
No persons formerly slaves will be permitted to travel on the public thoroughfares without passes or permits from their employers, or to congregate in buildings or camps at or adjacent to any military post or town. They will not be subsisted in idleness, or in any way except as employees of the Government, on in cases of extreme destitution or sickness, and in such cases the officers authorized to order the issues, shall be the judge as to the justice of the claim for such subsistence. Idleness is sure to be productive of vice, and humanity dictates that employment be furnished these people, while the interest of the commonwealth imperatively demands it, in order that the present crop may be secured. No person, white or black, and who are able to labor, will be subsisted by the Government in idleness, and this hand as a dead weight upon those who are disposed to bear their full share of the public burdens. Provost Marshals and their assistants throughout the District are charged with using every means in their power to carry out the instructions in letter and spirit.
By order of Major-General Granger
(Signed) R. G. Laughlin,
Lt. Col. and Provost Marshal, Dist. of Texas.
All Texas papers will copy the above circular one month and send bills to the office of the Provost Marshal General, Galveston.”Galveston Daily News, July 7, 1865
Texas natives interred in the Mount Calvary Cemetery Complex (est. 1879) Portsmouth, Virginia
Mark (Mack) McFarland
Born about 1896, Texas. Son of Kid and Mary McFarland, both of Texas.
Died, February 7, 1920. Interment, Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Gravestone not found
Born about 1870, Texas. Son of Billie and Jennie Thorn, both of Texas.
Died, April 18, 1919. Interment, Mt. Calvary Cemetery
Gravestone not found
Born about 1884, Houston, Texas. Daughter of Mary Alston.
Died March 15, 1927. Interment, Mt. Olive Cemetery.
Gravestone not found
Today we received word that a new headstone for 1st Sgt. Martin Smith, 36th U. S. Colored Infantry, has been approved by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Born enslaved, ca. 1840 in Nansemond County (City of Suffolk), Virginia, Martin escaped and enlisted on January 5, 1864, at Norfolk, Virginia, and mustered in on January 25th. At the time of his enlistment, he was described as five feet, four inches tall, with a “light complexion, black eyes and hair.” His occupation was noted as “laborer.” During the war, he was present with his regiment at Point Lookout, Maryland, Bermuda Hundred, Petersburg and Richmond through December, 1864, and assigned to an ammunition train of the artillery brigade, January to April, 1865. Martin was appointed Corporal on August 1, 1865, Sergeant on March 23, 1866, and 1st Sergeant on July 28, 1866. He mustered out with the surviving members of his regiment on October 28, 1866, at Brazos Santiago, Texas.Continue reading