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d, by the person to whom such labor or service is claimed to be due, to take up arms against the United States, or to work, or to be employed in or upon any fort, entrenchment, etc., or in any military or naval service whatever against the government of the United States, the person to whom such labor is claimed to be due shall forfeit his claim, and to any attempt to enforce it a statement of the facts shall be a sufficient answer. The President of the United States, in his message of December 3, 1861, stated that numbers of persons held to service had been liberated and were dependent on the United States, and must be provided for in some way. He recommended that steps be taken for colonizing them at some places in a climate congenial to them. As the President and the Congress of the United States had declared this to be a war for the preservation of the Constitution, it may not be out of place to see what course they now undertook to pursue under the pretext of preserving the C
it is dictated to us as a condition of our release from an imprisonment inflicted upon us for no other cause than that we have exercised the above-specified constitutional rights. One important fact which illustrates the flagrant outrage committed on all these prisoners should not be omitted. The Constitution of the United States declares as follows: In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right . . . to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.— On December 3, 1861, the commanding officer at Fort Lafayette came to the prisoners' quarters and read a document, of which the following is a copy: To the political prisoners in Fort Lafayette: I am instructed by the Secretary of State to inform you that the Department of State of the United States will not recognize any one as an attorney for political prisoners, and will look with distrust upon all applications for release through such channels; and that such applications will be regarded as a