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Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) General Orders No. 141

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06099 Author/Creator: Lincoln, Abraham (1809-1865) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Documents Date: 25 September 1862 Pagination: 1 p. ; 17 x 10.5 cm.

Summary of Content: Signed as official by Assistant Adjutant General, E.D. Townsend. States that "all persons discouraging volunteer enlistments, resisting militia drafts, or guilty of any disloyal practice, affording aid and comfort to rebels against the authority of the United States, shall be subject to martial law ... " Also informs that the writ of habeas corpus is suspended for all persons arrested.

People: Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.
Townsend, E. D. (Edward Davis), 1817-1893.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Union Forces, Recruitment, President, Militia, Conscription, Confederate States of America, Military Law, Habeas Corpus

Sub Era: The American Civil War