History Of Emancipation: Special Field Orders No. 15

History Of Emancipation: Special Field Orders No. 15 (HMR8W)

Location: Savannah, GA 31401 Chatham County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 4.429', W 81° 5.642'

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On January 12, 1865, U.S. Secretary of War Edwin Stanton and General Wm. T. Sherman met here at the home of Charles Green with 20 leaders from Savannah's African-American churches, including Garrison Frazier, Ulysses L. Houston, and William Campbell. The meeting resulted in Sherman's issue of Special Field Orders No. 15, which encouraged the enlistment of freedmen and also reserved coastal land from Charleston south to Florida's St. Johns River for settlement by freed families in 40-acre tracts. The Freedmen's Bureau Act of March 1865 formalized government aid to freed slaves but made no provision for land. After President Lincoln's death, President Andrew Johnson revoked Special Field Orders No. 15, hampering efforts by African Americans to gain economic independence after Emancipation.
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HM NumberHMR8W
Series This marker is part of the Georgia: Georgia Historical Society/Commission series
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Marker Number25-37
Year Placed2011
Placed ByFor the Civil War 150 commemoration by the Georgia Historical Society, the Georgia Battlefields Association and the Georgia Department of Economic Development
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 11:05am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17S E 491125 N 3548621
Decimal Degrees32.07381667, -81.09403333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 4.429', W 81° 5.642'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 4' 25.74" N, 81° 5' 38.52" W
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Area Code(s)478, 912
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 6 W Harris St, Savannah GA 31401, US
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