that State did not care to join the Southern army till it was demonstrated that it could seize and hold their territory.
They were not prepared to leave their homes and accompany the army back to Virginia.
Near Frederick, on September 8th, General Lee issued a proclamation to the people of Maryland in accordance with the suggestion of President Davis, who wrote him that it was usual on the occupation by an army of another's territory.
General Lee told them that the people of the Confederate States had seen with profound indignation their sister State deprived of every right and reduced to the condition of a conquered province.
That his army was there to enable them again to enjoy the inalienable rights of freemen, and restore independence and sovereignty to their State.
That no constraint upon their free — will was intended, and no intimidation would be allowed.
That it was for them to decide their destiny freely and without restraint, and that his army would respect their ch