Order by the Commander of a Kentucky Black Regiment

Okolona Miss  Oct 25 1865,

Regtl Orders No 137   Sergt Eli Helen and Corporal Joseph Ingram Co K having been selected by the Colored Citizens of Okolona and vicinity as collecting agents for the fund to establish a school for colored children, are hereby granted permission to visit Okolona in the execution of their duties as such

This order to continue in force during their good behavior   By order of Col John S Bishop

Regtl. Orders No. 137, Head Quarters 108" U.S.C.I., 25 Oct. 1865, Order Book, 108th USCI, Regimental Books & Papers USCT, Adjutant General's Office, Record Group 94, National Archives.

Published in The Black Military Experience, pp. 749–50, in Free at Last, p. 519, and in Freedom's Soldiers, p. 162.