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General Order No. 3 (Granger)  (1865) 
by Gordon Granger

Issued June 19, 1865, announcing the emancipation of slaves in the United States. See General Order No. 3 and Emancipation Proclamation for more information. Led to the establishment of Juneteenth National Independence Day.

HeadQuarters District of Texas
Galveston Texas June 19th 1865.

General Orders
No. 3

The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, “all slaves are free.” This involves an absolute equality of personal rights and rights of property between former masters and slaves, and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired labor.

The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their present homes and work for wages. They are informed that they will not be allowed to collect at military posts and that they will not be supported in idleness either there or elsewhere.

By order of Major General Granger
F. W. Emery
Major A. A. Genl.

This work is in the public domain in the United States because it is a work of the United States federal government (see 17 U.S.C. 105).