Applying for land

ca. 1865-1869

Former slaves could apply to lease abandoned or confiscated land held by the Federal Government. After President Andrew Johnson began to pardon former Confederates, much of this property was returned to its original owners.This register records the applications of freedmen who applied to the Freedmen's Bureau to lease seized and abandoned land.

National Archives, Records of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands


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