War of the Rebellion: Serial 123 Page 0185 UNION AUTHORITIES.


Whereas, in and by the second section of an act of Congress passed on the seventh day of June, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and sixty-two, entitled “An act for the collection of direct taxes in insurrectionary districts within the United States, and for other purposes,” it is made the duty of the President to declare, on or before the first day of July then next following, by his proclamation in what States and parts of States insurrection exists:

Now, therefore, be it known that I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, do hereby declare and proclaim that the States of South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina, and the State of Virginia – except the following counties: Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall, Wetzel, Marion, Monongalia, Preston, Taylor, Pleasants, Tyler, Ritchie, Doddridge, Harrison, Wood, Jackson, Wirt, Roane, Calhoun, Gilmer, Barbour, Tucker, Lewis, Braxton, Upshur, Randolph, Mason, Putnam, Kanawha, Clay, Nicholas, Cabell, Wayne, Boone, Logan, Wyoming, Webster, Fayette, and Raleigh – are now in insurrection and rebellion, and by reason thereof the civil authority of the United States is obstructed, so that the provisions of the “Act to provide increased revenue from imports to pay the interest on the public debt, and for other purposes,” approved August five, eighteen hundred and sixty-one, cannot be peaceably executed, and that the taxes legally chargeable upon real estate under the act last aforesaid lying within the States and parts of States as aforesaid, together with a penalty of fifty per centrum of said taxes, shall be a lien upon the tracts or lots of the same, severally charged, till paid.

In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the city of Washington this first day of July, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and sixty-two, and of the Independence of the United States of America the eighty-sixth.



8 thoughts on “A PROCLAMATION

  1. This is a speech by A. Lincoln. I have edited it for length. Source is posted so that you may read the entire speech if you desire.

    War of the Rebellion: Serial 122 Page 0311 UNION AUTHORITIES.

    At the beginning of the present Presidential term, four months ago, the functions of the Federal Government were found to be generally suspended within the several States of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Florida, excepting only those of the Post-Office Department.

    Page 312
    In accordance with this purpose an ordinance had been adopted in each of these States declaring the States, respectively, to be separated from the National Union. A formula for instituting a combined government of these States had been promulgated, and this illegal organization, in the character of Confederate States, was already invoking recognition, aid, and intervention from foreign powers. ————-

    It sought only to hold the public places and property not already wrested from the Government and to collect the revenue, relying for the rest on time,

    Page 319
    Again, if one State may secede, so may another; and when all shall have seceded none is left to pay the debts. Is this quite just to creditors? Did we notify them of this sage view of ours when we borrowed their money? If we now recognize this doctrine by allowing the seceders to go in peace, it is difficult to see what we can do if others choose to go, or to extort terms upon which they will promise to remain.

    Page 321

    It was with the deepest regret that the Executive found the duty of employing the war power, in defense of the Government, forced upon him. (Yeah right, we have already proven that to be a lie.)

    Page 322
    JULY 4, 1861.

    So we see Lincoln wanted to preserve the Union for the purpose of collecting revenue.

  2. Rob,
    The collection of revenues IS why Lincoln wanted to preserve the Union, that is his main concern. He has said so twice. And speaking of silly, isn’t it silly to argue against docs of the period, and to post a comment with only your biased views as a source??? Geeez learn some history.

  3. Baker,

    You are really that stupid aren’t you??? I don’t have to argue with bigoted idiots like you, the proof is in the documents. If you have other evidence why don’t you post it instead of your dumba** comments. I have proven everything you ever posted wrong by using documents of the period, you are just to stupid and bigoted to know it. Go back to trolling the web looking for websites to post on your cheap ass blog. HISTORIAN my behind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    BTW until you apologize for your bigotry and ignorance I will not even acknowledge you stupidity anymore

    • I’d say that when they demand proof, which they always reject, demand that they give sources that contradict or disprove your thesis. The best I’ve seen them come up with is; “He/They didn’t really mean that”., or “It’s misquoted or taken out of context.” In any case, they never come forth with the goods. I know they read the War of The Rebellion Records, which I don’t believe are self contradictory in any way.

      • They never give document proof because they don’t have any. keep in mind the same people who tell me, as you say, “He/They didn’t really mean that”., or “It’s misquoted or taken out of context” are the very same people who tell me the Secession docs and the Cornerstone speech are proof positive South was fighting for the institution of slavery. What I have posted is there in plain English, an 8th grader can understand the meaning

  4. To me, it really doesn’t matter much why the South left Union. What matters, and which is not questioned, is why Northerners thought, and think, that they have preeminence of authority in how the country is governed. I think it’s they who must justify their position, not we ours. They never seem to justify it, except on the basis of some vague notions about a higher morality, which simply doesn’t exist in legal or Constitutional theory, or the supposed immorality of Slavery as such. Their arguments about the illegality of secession are largely mooted by New England’s contemplation of secession over the War of 1812, The Louisiana Purchase and The Mexican American War. Which boils down, once again, to a superior authority that Northerners claim to have that supersedes and overrides the wishes and rights of others. Which is why they talk about “what needs to be done” in states outside of the North, as if those places didn’t have Governors, Legislatures or Citizens capable of deciding what’s best for them. Nobody I know of, calls them out on this.

    • I agree that it really doesn’t matter why the South left the Union UNTIL the neo-Yankees start making an issue in that respect. Really it would not be that much of an issue if only the people who read and listen to the neo-yankee lies would do some minimum of research on their own. Instead they take the word of someone who has an agenda and will do anything to promote that agenda.

      We now have documented proof that the war was not about slavery, but the issue of Fort Sumter and the collection of revenues. The truth is out.


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