have been, in many instances, active and zealous agents in the commission of these crimes, and no instance is known of the refusal of any one of them to participate in the outrages above narrated. And, whereas, the President of the United States has, by public and official declaration, signified not only his approval of the effort to excite servile war within the Confederacy, but his intention to give aid and encouragement thereto, if these independent States shall continue to refuse submission to a foreign power after the first day of January next; and has thus made known that all appeals to the laws of nations, the dictates of reason, and the instincts of humanity would be addressed in vain to our enemies, and that they can be deterred from the commission of these crimes only by the terrors of just retribution— Now, therefore, I, Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, and acting by their authority, appealing to the Divine Judge in attestation that their conduct is not guided by the passion of revenge, but that they reluctantly yield to the solemn duty of repressing, by necessary severity, crimes of which their citizens are the victims, do issue this my proclamation, and by virtue of my authority as commander-in-chief of the armies of the Confederate States, do order— 1st. That all commissioned officers in the command of said Benjamin F. Butler be declared not entitled to be considered as soldiers engaged in honorable warfare, but as robbers and criminals, deserving death; and that they and each of them be, whenever captured, reserved for execution. 2d. That the private soldiers and non-commissioned officers in the army of said Butler, be considered as only the instruments used for the commission of the crimes perpetrated by his orders, and not as free agents; that they, therefore, be treated, when captured, as prisoners of war, with kindness and humanity, and be sent home on the usual parole, that they will in no manner aid or serve the United States in any capacity during the continuance of this war, unless duly exchanged. 3d. That all negro slaves captured in arms be at once delivered over to the executive authorities of the respective States to which they belong, to be dealt with according to the laws of said States. 4th. That the like orders be executed in all cases with respect to all commissioned officers of the United States when found serving in company with armed slaves in insurrection against the authorities of the different States of this Confederacy.
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Annual reunion of Pegram Battalion Association in the Hall of House of Delegates , Richmond, Va. , May 21st , 1886 .
Presentation of Colonel Pegram 's sabre.
Extracts from the diary of Lieutenant-Colonel John G. Pressley , of the Twenty-Fifth South Carolina Volunteers .
Ceremonies connected with the unveiling of the statue of General Robert E. Lee , at Lee circle, New Orleans, Louisiana , February 22 , 1884 .
Oration by Hon. Chas. E. Fenner .
First Maryland campaign.
Died for their State.
Report of the conduct of General George H. Steuart 's brigade from the 5th to the 12th of May , 1864 , inclusive.
Virginia 's preparation for the war.
Report of the Adjutant-General of the State .
Address before the Virginia division of Army of Northern Virginia , at their reunion on the evening of October 21 , 1886 .
Address of Colonel Edward McCrady , Jr.
Address of Bishop Joseph P. B. Wilmer , of Louisiana , on the demise of General Robert E. Lee , delivered at University place , Sewanee, Tennessee , October , 1870 .
President Davis in reply to General Sherman .
The letter of Mr. Davis .
The battle of Chancellorsville .
Fortification and siege of Port Hudson —Compiled by the Association of defenders of Port Hudson ; M. J. Smith , President ; James Freret , Secretary .
The position and occupation.
Lieutenant-Colonel Marshall J. Smith 's report of the Bat-Tle at Port Hudson on the night of March 14th , 1863 .
Official report of Colonel J. G. W. Steedman , First Regi-Ment Alabama Volunteers .
Roster of Confederate forces engaged in the defence of Port Hudson , May 21st to July 8 , 1863 .
River Batteries — Lieutenant-Colonel Marshall J. Smith commanding right wing in front of the village of Port Hudson .
An address of the chaplains of the Second corps ( Stonewall Jackson 's), Army of Northern Virginia , to the churches of the Confederate States .
The Maryland Confederate monument at Gettysburg .
General Johnson 's address.
A visit to Beauvoir — President Davis and family at home.
Two addresses of President Davis to the soldiers of the Confederacy .
Beast Butler outlawed.
General Stuart 's expedition into Pennsylvania .
Address of honorable B. H. Hill before the Georgia branch of the Southern Historical Society at Atlanta , February 18th , 1874 .
Address delivered by Governor Z. B. Vance , of North Carolina , before the Southern Historical Society , at White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia , August 18th . 1875 .
The campaign from the Wilderness to Petersburg —Address of Colonel C. S Venable (formerly of General R. E. Lee 's staff), of the University of Virginia , before the Virginia division f the Army of Northern Virginia , at their annual meeting, held in the Virginia State Capitol , at Richmond , Thursday evening , October 30th , 1873 .
Campaign of 1864 and 1865 .
Narrative of Major-General C. W. Field .
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