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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) [Authorization to affix the seal of the United States to Lincoln's proclamation]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03493 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Document signed Date: 5 July 1864 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Partially printed document authorizes the Secretary of State to affix the seal to Lincoln's proclamation suspending the privilege of habeas corpus and establishing martial law in Kentucky. The proclamation is not present but states in part, " ... Whereas many citizens of the State of Kentucky have joined the forces of the insurgents ... have overborne the civil authorities and made flagrant civil war ... I, Abraham Lincoln ... do therefore hereby require of the military officers in the said state that the privileges of the writ of habeas corpus be effectually suspended within the said State ... and that martial law be established therein ... "

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, President Lincoln's Cabinet, Habeas Corpus, Law, Military Law, US Constitution, Civil Rights, Presidential Speeches and Proclamations, Republican Party, Confederate States of America, Prisoner

Sub Era: The American Civil War