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Missouri. Slavery. Gen Orders Re Slaves & Persons Subject To Arrest, 1862 For Sale
Offered are General Orders No. 35, from the Headquarters of the Department of the Missouri. It is dated at St. Louis, December 24, 1862, is in fine condition, consists of 8 pages, of which about half deals with various categories of persons subject to arrest and the other half with slaves and slavery. SEE SCANS for much of the text. "All persons guilty of disloyal conduct, such as giving aid and encouragement to the rebellion" are subject to arrest, and they include spies, those who furnish supplies to the rebels, anyone who speaks, writes, or publishes anything encouraging the rebels, those persons in armsagainstthe Government, anyone encouraging relatives or friends to join the rebel cause, those found giving refuge to any rebels, disloyal preachers, and so on. A wide sweep, but given the divisions in Missouri probably necessary. We think the various paragraphs dealing with confiscated and escaped slaves are quite interesting. The Orders make clear that slaves belonging to "rebels in arms" and other disloyal citizens are "...free of their servitude, and captives of war: and as captives are entitled to full protection to their persons from all enemies of the government and opposers of the law...." It further emphasizes that following the appropriate act of Congress any slave escaping from those in rebellion "...shall be forever free of their servitude, and not again held as slaves...." And on it goes with a few more details. The document measures 5 x 8, and the Orders issued "By Command of Major General Curtis." Payment via Paypal, though other forms of payment are usually accepted.
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Missouri. Slavery. Gen Orders Re Slaves & Persons Subject To Arrest, 1862 : $69