HEAD-QUARTERS, DISTRICT OF TEXAS
June 19, 1865
The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with the proclamation from the executive of the United States. All slaves are free. This involves absolute personal rights, and rights of property between former masters and slaves; and the connection heretofore existing between them becomes that between employer and hired laborer.
The freedmen are advised to remain quietly at their 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 here or elsewhere.
by order of Maj. Gen. Gordon Granger
signed F.W. Emery
Major & A.A.G.