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Confederate States of America. Congress An Act recognizing the existence of War between the United States and the Confederate States; and concerning letters of marque, prizes, and prize goods.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04284 Author/Creator: Confederate States of America. Congress Place Written: Montgomery, Alabama Type: Broadside Date: 6 May 1861 Pagination: 4 p. ; 21.2 x 27 cm.

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04284 Author/Creator: Confederate States of America. Congress Place Written: Montgomery, Alabama Type: Broadside Date: 6 May 1861 Pagination: 4 p. ; 21.2 x 27 cm.

Summary of Content: Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederacy, approved this act 6 May 1861. States "Whereas the earnest efforts made by this Government to establish friendly relations between the Government of the United States and the Confederate States, and to settle all questions of disagreement between the two Governments upon principles of right, justice, equity and good faith, have proved unavailing by reason of the refusal of the Government of the United States to hold any intercourse with the Commissioners appointed by this Government for the purposes aforesaid... and whereas, by the acts and means aforesaid, war exists between the Confederate States and the Government of the United States..." Includes provisions empowering the President of the Confederacy to engage privateers. Includes provisions related to smuggling, prisoners on board privateers, duties imposed upon prizes of war, and other maritime topics. Includes President Davis's Instruction to Private Armed Vessels, printed on pages three and four, issued by Robert Toombs, Secretary of State. Contains a form of bond on the bottom of page four, with space for four signatures and seals.

People: Confederate States of America, 1860-1870
Cobb, Howell, 1815-1868
Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889
Toombs, Robert Augustus, 1810-1885

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Subjects: Civil WarMilitary HistoryGovernment and CivicsConfederate States of AmericaConfederate General or LeaderLawMaritimePrivateeringSmugglingPrisonerPrisoner of War

Sub Era: The American Civil War

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