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    [Emancipation Proclamation]. Bryan Tyson: Confederate Broadside Regarding Reconciliation with the North. One page, 13.25" x 19.75", Brower's Mills [North Carolina], September 24, 1862. Bryan Tyson (1830-1909), a slaveholder from North Carolina, was a Southern Unionist who, claiming to be the recipient of visions, launched a one-man war on both abolition and secession, believing they were equally wrong. He published his book, Ray of Light, in the summer of 1862 and, in mid-September of that year, he was arrested and forced to enter service in the Confederate Army. While at Raleigh, he issued this circular defending his views.

    Printed in three columns, Tyson urges re-entry into the Union, "provided we can get our rights, as the surest and best mode of putting a stop to this cruel war." The best course of action, according to Tyson, is to "get an Armistice of some two or three months, and if possible depose Lincoln, and let an election for a new President take place." In addition to Lincoln's removal, the abolition sentiment must be "expunged from the Northern people . . . But in case they are for abolishing slavery; I think it perfectly inconsistent that they should desire a farther Union." He argues that should the South "drive the enemy completely from our shores; we then reach the Blockade," and that is something they have not been able to effectively break in seventeen months. "I therefore think we had best take the bull by the horns at once, and advocate the Union upon just and honorable terms while there is . . . some hope of getting our rights." But another matter has come up: "Since writing the above Lincoln has issued his proclamation emancipating the slaves of all States that shall be in rebellion against the United States on the first day of January, 1863. This makes the prospect for Union more gloomy than ever . . . But I still think it was an act resorted to more for the purpose of putting down the rebellion, than as a special benefit to the African race. Therefore, if we will strike for compromise upon terms already mentioned, I think this thing can be knocked up, and the Union yet saved upon just and honorable terms."

    Saved from service in the army by powerful friends, he headed north to Richmond, but was again arrested for his beliefs. In the spring of 1863, he fled north to Washington, D.C., where he was given a job in the Treasury Department. He continued to agitate for reunion until Lincoln's re-election in 1864.

    Repair work along the folds on the verso has caused some light ghosting to the recto. There is a large area of light blue staining at the upper right corner and the right side of the upper edge, but this does not detract. Scattered spots of foxing are seen throughout and the text is faded in places, but still wholly legible.


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