This ProQuest product is part of History Vault and focuses on the early Reconstruction period. Material ranges from heart-wrenching personal letters to bills of lading for office supplies. Correspondence of the U.S. Army’s Office of Civil Affairs reveal efforts to foster democracy and rebuild communities in the divided and war-torn former Confederate states. The files include letters, petitions, court proceedings and internal documents related to elections. Another prominent subject is the fair administration of the election process.