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    [Reconstruction Era]. General George Meade Autograph Letter Signed as supervisor of the Third Military District. One and one-quarter pages of a bifolium, 8" x 10", Atlanta, Georgia, February 12, 1868, to General Thomas H. Ruger, the military governor of Georgia, in Milledgeville on military stationery reading, "Headquarters, Third Military District," and transmitting "a copy of an ordinance. . . . This ordinance has not yet been officially presented to me & before taking action I desire your views as to the practicality of collecting the special tax within the period designated May 1st/68. Whether the short time will interfere with the collection of Revenue on which you depend & finally the expediency of issuing scrip-whether the amt. thereof should not be limited & whether it would not be better to have the scrip, issued by the state . . . [illegible] of the convention. Please give me your views on these points at your earliest convenience." On ruled paper with smoothed folds.

    Included is a contemporary copy of an order issued by Military Governor Ruger from Milledgeville on February 25, 1868, regarding the collection of taxes to be used for "defraying the expenses of this [Constitutional] Convention." Also included is a contemporary clipped newspaper article of the text of Ruger's order.

    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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