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    Unionist Broadside, "Appeal to the People of Tennessee", signed in print by Andrew Johnson, one page, 8.5" x 10.5", Nashville, Tennessee, March 18, 1862. When Andrew Johnson's term as a U.S. Senator from Tennessee expired, President Lincoln appointed him Military Governor of the state. Johnson, already a former Tennessee governor, immediately set out to fan the flames of Unionism in his ostensibly Confederate state. These efforts were met with considerable success, especially in the mountainous eastern section of Tennessee. This early message reads in very small part: "...Never was a people more prosperous, contented and happy than the people of Tennessee under the Government of the United States...Meanwhile the State government has disappeared. The Executive has abdicated; the Legislature has dissolved; the Judiciary is in abeyance. The great ship of state, freighted with its precious cargo of human interests and human hopes, its sails all set, and its glorious old flag unfurled, has been suddenly abandoned by its officers and mutinous crew...I shall avail myself of all the aid that may be afforded by my fellow citizens. And for this purpose, I respectfully, but earnestly invite all the people of Tennessee, desirous or willing to see a restoration of her ancient government...To the people themselves, the protection of the Government is extended...Those who through the dark and weary night of the rebellion have maintained their allegiance to the Federal Government will be honored. The erring and misguided will be welcome on their return. And while it may become necessary, in vindicating the violated majesty of the law, and in re-asserting its imperial sway, to punish intelligent and conscious treason in high places, no merely retaliatory or vindictive policy will be adopted...". Damp stains and light foxing, fine condition.

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    June, 2007
    24th-25th Sunday-Monday
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