In the fall of 1865 Colonel Thomas W. Osborn, Assistant Commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau for Florida, decided to divide the State into five districts, and send agents on inspection tours of each. The inspectors were to make full reports on the general condition of the freedmen and the amount of crops being raised. Special notice was to be taken of the proportion of nonproducing members among the ex-slaves, and the number of white and colored schools, scholars, and teachers in each section. In addition, the agents were to gauge the white attitude toward the Union, and determine whether the civil officials recently appointed as Bureau agents showed an interest in the affairs, or a disposition to act as agents. After considerable delay, A. E. Kinne toured East Florida. Kinne had come to Florida from Syracuse, New York, to teach in Negro schools operated by the National Freedmen’s Relief Association. The following report was submitted at the close of his investigation, on October 15, 1866.
Richardson, Joe M.
"A Northerner Reports on Florida: 1866,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 40:
4, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol40/iss4/6