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Chapter 57:

  • Final subjugation of the Confederate States continued
  • -- slaves declared free by military commanders in North Carolina -- provisional governor -- convention -- military Commander -- governor-elect turned out -- members of Congress admitted -- proceedings in South Carolina -- arrest of Judge Aldrich -- military Reversal of sentence of the Court -- proceedings in Georgia -- President's plan -- plan of Congress enforced -- proceedings in Florida -- rival Conventions -- plan of Congress enforced -- proceedings in Alabama -- suspension of Bishop Wilmer by the military Commander -- proceedings in Mississippi -- constitutionality of the act of Congress before the Supreme Court -- remarks of Chief Justice chase -- military arrests -- removals -- Chief Justice of the state Resigns -- the so-called Constitution rejected -- Ames appointed governor -- proceedings in Louisiana -- plan of Congress enforced -- Arkansas -- Texas -- opinion of the United States Attorney General on military commanders -- consequences that followed the measures of Congress -- increase in state debts -- increase in frauds and crimes -- Investigating committees of Congress -- the unalienable rights of man -- the sovereignty of the people and the supremacy of law gone.


In the preceding chapter the reader will find a narration of the series of measures adopted by the government of the United States to complete the final subjugation of the state of Virginia. The same series was applied, in the same order, to each of the Confederate states. It is, therefore, unnecessary to repeat the narration of these details in their application to the other states. But there were some concurrent incidents and some flagrant outrages in each one which should be stated, in order to afford a full and comprehensive view of the universal denial of unalienable personal rights, the destruction of civil institutions, the disregard of laws, and the cruel and ignominious treatment inflicted by the authority of the government of the United States upon individuals in every part of the Southern country.

In North Carolina, immediately on the cessation of hostilities, the Federal general issued an order, declaring that ‘all persons heretofore ’

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