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ral Hunter, the following year.
That officer, being in command at Hilton Head, N. C., proclaimed the States of Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina, in his department, under martial law, and May 9, 1862, issued an order in which occurred these words: Slavery and martial law in a free country are altogether incompatible.
The persons in these States—Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina—heretofore held as slaves are therefore declared forever free.
Though President Lincoln had been bitterly , Terre Bonne, Lafourche, Ste. Marie, St. Martin, and Orleans, including the city of New Orleans), Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia (except the forty-eight counties designated as West Virginia, andate.
By the Emancipation Proclamation 3,063,392 slaves were set free, as follows: