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    Repudiating the Emancipation Proclamation

    Rare Confederate Government Resolution Regarding Treatment of Colored Troops. 4-page leaflet, 5.75" x 9.25", containing Joint Resolutions of the Confederate House of Representatives "In reference to the treatment of colored troops." These resolutions were read aloud on February 15, 1864 prior to printing. They harken back to previous resolutions passed on May 1, 1863, denouncing Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation as being inconsistent with the laws of war, in that it promotes servile insurrection. While apparently agreeing to treat Union colored soldiers the same as white troops, vis-a-vis prisoner exchange, they exclude former slaves who have escaped or defected to Union lines and been recruited as soldiers. Such men, if captured, would be returned to their former owners. The Congress endorses the action of the Executive "in refusing to entertain any proposition for treating our own recaptured negroes otherwise than as the property of those from whom they were abducted by the enemy, and to whom the laws require their restoration... the emancipation of the negro slaves within the Confederate States by the enemy, is not among the acts of legitimate warfare..." Rubber stamp on cover for "Record Division, War Department. Rebel Archives." Great, historical content.

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