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Collection of Printed General Orders from Headquarters, Department of the Gulf, 1863
New Orleans, 1863. octavo, 90 printed orders, plus 13-page printed Index of General Orders, Department of the Gulf. A nearly complete run, lacking only numbers: 13, 19, 26, 33, 46, 48, 62, 67, 81, and 86. The Department of the Gulf was constituted on February 23, 1862 when the United States War Department issued General Orders No. 20; the department consisted of "...all of the coast of the Gulf of Mexico west of Pensacola harbor, and so much of the Gulf States as may be occupied by the forces under Major General B.F. Butler." On March 20, 1862, Butler activated his command at Ship Island, Mississippi by issuing General Orders No. 1 (Department of the Gulf) assuming his new command. United States Navy's West Gulf Blockading Squadron captured New Orleans, Louisiana on April 29, 1862, Butler moved his headquarters to New Orleans on 1 May. The department, sometimes referred to as the Army of the Gulf, became a union occupying force in the region. Major General N.P. Banks was in command of the Department in 1863. The orders deal with the full range of administrative matters of an Army Headquarters, including promotions, demotions, court-martials and other issues. However, the collection includes General Order No 12, January 29, 1863, Promulgating the Emancipation Proclamation, it includes the text of the Proclamation, itself, signed in type by President Lincoln. It also carries two pages of instructions to officers of the army and navy concerning former slaves, their treatment, forbidding forcible seizure of fugitives by their former maste … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Michael Brown [Philadelphia, PA, U.S.A.]

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