Rare Civil War document found in drawer outlines newly-granted rights of NC’s former slaves

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A rare Civil War document discovered in a drawer outlines the newly-granted rights of North Carolina’s former slaves.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that Raleigh-area lawyer Angela Smith-Crumpler recently found the historical document in the back of an underwear drawer.

General Order No. 46 is dated from May 15, 1865 and belonged to Crumpler’s great-great-grandfather James Jackson Farmer.

It was written at the command of Maj. Gen. John Schofield and outlines the rights and responsibilities of newly freed slaves in the state.

The document is planned to be a centerpiece in the North Carolina Civil War History Center coming to Fayetteville, according to the paper.

“It’s exciting, really exciting,” said David Winslow of the center. “This would be a highlight for any museum, and would be a centerpiece of our Reconstruction area.”

Read full story: The Fayetteville Observer