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History of Emancipation: Special Field Orders 15

Marker ID: GHS 25-37
Location: Madison Square at Harris and Bull Streets, Savannah, GA
County: Chatham
Coordinates: N 32° 04.428    W 081° 05.658
  32.0738    -81.0943
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: WME4RQ
History of Emancipation: Special Field Orders 15 Marker  


History of Emancipation:
Special Field Orders 15

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.

2011.2 Erected for the Civil War 150 commemoration
by the Georgia Historical Society, the Georgia Battlefields Association
and the Georgia Department of Economic Development


History of Emancipation: Special Field Orders 15


Dedicated March 4, 2011

More information:
Wikipedia - Slavery
Allince87 - Modern Slavery
Wikipedia - Act Prohibiting Importation of Slaves
Wikipedia - Emancipation Proclamation
Wikipedia - Thirteenth Amendment