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13Lincoln--Arrest and Imprisonment of Irresponsible

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    Dec 5, 2013
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      Abraham Lincoln Executive Order - Arrest and Imprisonment of Irresponsible
      Newspaper Reporters and Editors May 18, 1864

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      Major-General John A. Drx,

      Commanding at New York:

      Whereas there has been wickedly and traitorously printed and published
      this morning in the New York World and New York Journal of Commerce,
      newspapers printed and published in the city of New York, a false and
      spurious proclamation purporting to be signed by the President and to
      be countersigned by the Secretary of State, which publication is of a
      treasonable nature, designed to give aid and comfort to the enemies of
      the United States and to the rebels now at war against the Government
      and their aiders and abettors, you are therefore hereby commanded
      forthwith to arrest and imprison in any fort or military prison in
      your command the editors, proprietors, and publishers of the aforesaid
      newspapers, and all such persons as, after public notice has been
      given of the falsehood of said publication, print and publish the same
      with intent to give aid and comfort to the enemy; and you will hold
      the persons so arrested in close custody until they can be brought to
      trial before a military commission for their offense. You will also
      take possession by military force of the printing establishments of
      the New York World and Journal of Commerce, and hold the same until
      further orders, and prohibit any further publication therefrom.

      A. LINCOLN. Note: On the morning of May 18, 1864, a forged
      proclamation was published in the World, and Journal of Commerce, of
      New York. The proclamation named a day for fasting and prayer, called
      for 400,000 fresh troops, and purposed to raise by an "immediate and
      peremptory draft," whatever quotas were not furnished on the day
      specified. Citation: Abraham Lincoln: "Executive Order - Arrest and
      Imprisonment of Irresponsible Newspaper Reporters and Editors

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