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EMANCIPATION PROCLAMATION: General Orders No. 1, War Department, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, January 2, 1863 [bound with] General Orders no. 139, US War Department, September 22, 1862 (preliminary proclamation issued as a warning) [bound with] a 56-page printed index of subjects for 1862; 216 General Orders for 1862; 26pp handwritten index of subjects for 1863; 201 General Orders for 1863; Circular from the Paymaster General's Office, July 16, 1863.
Washington DC: US War Department, 1862-1863. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. The 216 General Orders for 1862 (January-December) are 1863 printings. The 201 General Orders and the Circular for 1863 (January 1-June 30) are first printings. The 26-page handwritten index of subjects seems to be unique to this volume. Bound in period half-morocco and marbled boards, ribbed spine, gilt lettering, with the name of Major N.S. Brinton at base of spine. [All we know of Major Brinton is that he was a US Army Paymaster. The New York Times for July 6, 1864 reports: "An act for the relief of Maj. N.S. Brinton, a Paymaster in the United States Army" without further comment.] 7.25" x 5" x 2.5" thick. General Orders No.1, January 2, 1863, is the first widely circulated version of the Emancipation Proclamation [see Eberstadt, Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation, 12]. In addition to the first printing of General Orders No. 1 for 1863 and the second printing of General Orders No. 139 for 1862, the other 415 General Orders in this thick volume deal with enlistments, promotions, casualties, pay, supplies, military departments, courts martial, medical care, &c.
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