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    [Reconstruction Era]. General George Meade Autograph Letter Signed as supervisor of the Third Military District. Three pages of a bifolium, 8" x 10", Atlanta, Georgia, January 21, 1868, to General Thomas H. Ruger, the military governor of Georgia, in Milledgeville on military stationery reading, "Headquarters, Third Military District" and transmitting a telegram. Ruled paper with smoothed folds.

    Meade writes in part, "You will see . . . that the financial condition of the State receives from me all the consideration due its importance. Should the money paid in to the Govt. on account of the indebtedness of the State Road have reverted to the treasury, it can then only be drawn out by act of Congress & I shall ask immediate congressional action in the shape of a joint resolution temporarily appropriating a portion of it for immediate use in the State. Pending this action it would be well to be prepared at the . . . [illegible] moment with the necessary data to . . . [illegible] me, or yourself by my authority to levy a tax for the necessary amount to meet the current expenses of the State, its foreign liabilities, and the expenses of a Legislature . . . as I presume all these expenses will be the same for the year 1868, that they were for 1867, the last tax levy. . . . A levy at once for a portion might be ordered." Meade continues on about using available state funds to keep important institutions in the state, such as the "Penitentiary, [and] asylums for the Deaf & Dumb," functioning.

    Also included is a contemporary printed copy of General Orders No. 8 issued by R. C. Drum, Assistant Adjutant General, on January 13, 1868, removing Georgia's governor Charles Jenkins from office and replacing him with General Thomas Ruger. An aide-de-camp has signed Meade's name. Very clean.


    More Information: As part of Georgia's reconstruction following the end of the Civil War, the state, like all of the rebellious states, was required to write a new constitution. Georgia's second constitutional convention during Reconstruction, which included thirty-seven black delegates, was held from December 1867 through March 1868. In early January 1868, Governor Charles Jenkins complained that the state was required to pay the expenses of the convention. He then withheld the funds. General Meade, newly appointed as supervisor of the Third Military District (comprised of Georgia, Alabama, and Florida), promptly removed the Democratic governor and replaced him with General Thomas Ruger as military governor. (Ruger left this position once a Republican governor was elected in July.)

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