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Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889) [Proclamation of martial law in Richmond]

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01547 Author/Creator: Davis, Jefferson (1808-1889) Place Written: Richmond, Virginia Type: Manuscript document signed Date: 1 March 1862 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: "I Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America do proclaim that martial law is hereby extended over the City of Richmond and the adjoining and surrounding country to the distance of ten miles." The word "Seal" with a circle around it is written on the second page, in place of an official seal. Signed as President of the Confederate States, written in the hand of Judah P. Benjamin, as Secretary of War.

People: Davis, Jefferson, 1808-1889.
Benjamin, Judah Philip, 1811-1884.

Historical Era: Civil War and Reconstruction, 1861-1877

Keywords/Subjects: Civil War, Military History, Military Law, Habeas Corpus, Confederate General or Leader, Confederate States of America, Civil Rights

Sub Era: The American Civil War