Washington: Government Printing Office, 1874. 38, [2 blanks] pp. Stitched in original printed deep blue wrappers. Light wear, Very Good.
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 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.
OCLC records only a few copies under several accession numbers as of March 2018. Item #34725