• Creator
  • Waud, Alfred R. (Alfred Rudolph), 1828-1891
  • Created Date
  • 1868
  • Description
  • This image of an 1868 engraving depicts a man who represents the Freedmen's Bureau standing between a group of white planters on one side (left) and emancipated slaves on the other (right). Several of the white men carry guns and knives, and several African American men carry bayonets and spears. An American flag flies in the background. In March 1865 the U.S. Congress created the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands to aid Africa... more
    This image of an 1868 engraving depicts a man who represents the Freedmen's Bureau standing between a group of white planters on one side (left) and emancipated slaves on the other (right). Several of the white men carry guns and knives, and several African American men carry bayonets and spears. An American flag flies in the background. In March 1865 the U.S. Congress created the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands to aid African Americans undergoing the transition from slavery to freedom in the aftermath of the Civil War (1861-65). The bureau was created after Union general William T. Sherman issued his Field Order No. 15, which called for the resettlement of freedpeople on confiscated lands. Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-105555. less
  • Rights
  • Courtesy of the Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, DC