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Morgan, J. H.
Proclamation! To the People of Estill and Adjoining Counties
Confederate broadside, 1pp. 6-1/2 x 9-3/4 inches, Irvine, Kentucky; September 22, 1862. Generally fine condition. Very light toning to edges; ragged top edge with several chips not affecting any text. Verso is blank. A proclamation issued by Morgan to the citizens of Estill County, Kentucky, ordering them to turn in their weapons. It reads, in full: "PROCLAMATION! To the people of Estelle [sic] and adjoining counties. The Gen. Commanding, takes this means of informing the people that he has not come among them to disturb them in the enjoyment of their rights, either of person or property. The Home Guards are required to come in at once and deliver up their arms, those who fail to do so will be regarded as enemies of the Government and treated accordingly. Those who comply will be treated as noncombatants, and private citizens. Private citizens who seek opportunity to ambush our soldiers commonly known as 'Bushwhackers' will be regarded as outlaws, and orders will be issued to shoot them wherever found. If any of our men are fired on while passing through the country, I will lay waste the entire surrounding neighborhood." Morgan had conducted his first raid (known as Morgan's Raid) in Kentucky in the summer of 1863. With a group of 900 men, he left from Knoxville and swept through Kentucky, capturing approximately 1,200 men and destroying valuable Federal supplies in only a matter of three weeks. His raid threw many of the Kentucky civilians into a panic, and his success helped launch the Confederate Heartland Offensive by Generals Bragg and Smith, who attempted to draw neut … [Click Below for Full Description]
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