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Glossary of terms for Records of the Field Offices of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands

General orders.
Orders usually pertaining to administrative matters that affected policy.

Special orders.
Orders pertaining to specific subjects, usually personnel matters. Special orders relieved officers of duty, assigned them to duty, transferred them to other positions, granted leaves of absence, or ordered officers to perform special assignments. They also restored abandoned property to former owners.

Issuances relating mainly to administrative policies, although some also pertain to personnel assignments.