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The Daily Dispatch: November 25, 1861., [Electronic resource], Proclamation of General Dix to the people of Accomac and Northampton counties. (search)
Proclamation of General Dix to the people of Accomac and Northampton counties. The military forces of the United States are about to enter your counties as a part of the union. They will go among you as friends, and with the earnest hope that they may not, see your acts be forced to become your enemies. They will invade no rights of person or property. On the contrary, your laws, your constitutions, your usages, will be scrupulously respected. There need be no fear that the quietude oall who are found with arms, the severest punishment warranted by the laws of war will be visited. To those who remain in the quiet pursuit of their domestic occupations, the public authorities assure all they can give — peace, freedom from annoyance, protection from foreign and internal enemies, a guaranty of the constitutional and legal rights, and the blessings of a just and parental Government. John A. Dix, Major-Genera Commanding. Headquarters, Baltimore, Nov. 13, 1861.
al Government up to the present time. We are told that about two weeks priors to this event, General Dix, with about two thousand men, went over and demanded of our little force, which was only aboupublic eye and the little county, whose fame they were to establish, and prepared for fight. General Dix, though over odds by about two hundred men, refused to hazard his force so hastily, went backgh encountering every peril in crossing the bay in open boats. Having captured the county, Gen. Dix assured all those who would take the oath of allegiance, that their property should not be confant of clothing and necessities, which, of course, will be relieved by our people — We understand Dix paid little regard to the women and children who were made wretched by this sudden affair to theio be the aim and object of the Federalists to seize every negro they can buy their hands upon. Gen. Dix affirmed that here he intended to have his winter quarters, and for his officers he wanted two