49.-proclamation of the Union commanders.
Roanoke Island, N. C., February 18, 1862.
The mission of our joint expedition is not to invade any of your rights, but to assert the authority of the United States, and to close with you the desolating war brought upon your State by comparatively a few bad men in your midst.
Influenced infinitely more by the worst passions of human nature than by any show of elevated reason, they are still urging you astray to gratify their unholy purpose.
They impose upon your credulity by telling you of wicked and even diabolical intentions on our part — of our desire to destroy your freedom, demolish your property, liberate your slaves, injure your women, and such like enormities — all of which, we assure you, is not only ridiculous, but utterly and wilfully false.
We are Christians as well as yourselves, and we profess to know full well, and to feel profoundly the sacred obligations of that character.
No apprehension need be ent