Heritage, 2010, Volume 1 Page: 16
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By Michelle M. Mears
The Civil War had just ended. Bands of outlaws and ruffians roamed
the lawless countryside outside of town, looting and stealing at random.
Ex-Confederate soldiers robbed the State Treasury en route to Mexico.
Freed slaves, or freedmen, walked into town from outlying plantations,
seeking new lives. This was Austin, Texas, in the summer of 1865. 1
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