THE SPECIAL COURT OF INQUIRY UPON CHARGES AGAINST BRIGADIER GENERAL O.O. HOWARD. ARGUMENT FOR GENERAL HOWARD BY GEORGE W. DYER, OF WASHINGTON, D.C., OF COUNSEL, MAY 5, 1874.

[Washington: 1874]. 49, [1] pp. Stitched, original printed wrappers [with wrapper title, 'The Case of Gen. O.O. Howard, U.S. Army']. Wraps detached from text block, else Very Good plus.

After his Civil War service, in which he won the Medal of Honor at the Battle of Fair Oaks, Howard became head of the Freedmen's Bureau, a Reconstruction agency which President Andrew Johnson and his allies particularly disliked. Howard sought equal rights for the Freedmen, associated himself with the Republicans in Congress, and became founder and President of Howard University. The clash of ideologies with President Johnson resulted in trumped-up accusations that Howard had failed to pay bounties for "colored soldiers" and had misapplied public funds at the Freedmen's Bureau. This military Court of Inquiry, while acknowledging irregularities and fraud regarding bounty payments, found Howard blameless and acquitted him of all charges.
In this pamphlet George Dyer, Howard's attorney, reviews his activities at the Freedmen's Bureau and his military service against hostile western Indians. General Howard's responses to the charges are printed, along with the decision of the Court of Inquiry. Item #32274

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