Grant, Lincoln and the Freedmen. Reminiscences of the Civil War with Special Reference to the Work for the Contrabands and Freedmen of the Mississippi Valley.
Autobiography of American Civil War general (brevet) and U.S. Commissioner of Education, John Eaton (1829–1906). Eaton attended Andover Theological Seminary and was ordained in 1861. During the American Civil War he served as a chaplain in Missouri and Tennessee with the 27th Regiment of Ohio Volunteers.
“In November 1862 [General Ulysses S.] Grant selected the young chaplain for the difficult task of caring for the negroes who flocked into the army camps. Under Grant’s orders Eaton organized the freedmen into camps where provision was made for their physical needs and their education, and they were set to work picking cotton on abandoned plantations and cutting wood for the river steamboats. Eaton’s jurisdiction as superintendent of freedmen was extended over the whole department of the Tennessee, including Arkansas. ... When the Freedmen’s Bureau, for which Eaton’s successful organization was an important precedent, was organized in [March 1865], he was appointed an assistant commissioner in charge of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and parts of Virginia.” (DAB)
Description: Grant, Lincoln and the Freedmen. Reminiscences of the Civil War with Special Reference to the Work for the Contrabands and Freedmen of the Mississippi Valley.
New York: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1907. First Edition. Frontispiece, xxxviii, 331pp +  plates (incl. one fold-out). 8vo. Publisher’s dark blue cloth; gilt spine titling; without scarce dust jacket. In light pencil, ownership inscription and annotation on free, front endpaper; light binding wear; slight foxing to endpapers; very good.