The following proclamation was furnished the Memphis Appeal of the 12th.
As it is an important document, we lay it before our readers entire:
Headquarters 1st Military District,
Missouri State Guard,
Camp Hunter, September 2, 1861.
To all whom it may Concern:
Whereas, Major-General John C. Fremont
, commanding the minions of Abraham Lincoln
in the State of Missouri
, has seen fit to declare martial law throughout the whole State, and has threatened to shoot any citizen-soldier found in arms within certain limits; also, to confiscate the property and free the negroes belonging to members of the Missouri State Guard:
Therefore, know ye, that I, M. Jeff. Thompson
, Brigadier General
of the first military district of Missouri
, having not only the military authority of Brigadier General
, but certain police powers, granted by acting Governor Thomas C. Reynolds
, and confirmed afterward by Governor Jackson
, do most solemnly promise that for every member of the Missouri State Guard, or soldier of our allies, the armies of the Confederate States
, who shall be put to death in pursuance of the said order of General Fremont
, that I will ‘"hang, draw and quarter"
’ a minion of said Abraham Lincoln
While I am anxious that this unfortunate war should be conducted, as far as possible upon the most liberal principles of civilized warfare, and every order that I have issued has been with that object, yet, if this rule be abandoned (and it must first be done by our enemies,) I intend to exceed General Fremont
in his excesses, and will make all tories that come within my power rue the day that a different policy was adopted by their leaders.
Already mills, barns, warehouses and other private property has been wastefully destroyed by the enemy in this district, while we have taken nothing except articles strictly contraband, or absolutely necessary.
Should these things be repeated, I will retaliate tenfold, so help me God.