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esses 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.

In testimony whereof. I have signed three presents, and caused the seal of the Confederate States of America to be affixed thereto, at the city of Richmond, on this 23d day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two.

(Signed) Jefferson Davis

By. the President:

J. P. Benjamin,

de 23--10t Secretary of State.

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