Washington, D.C. Oct. 12, 1865. pp., printed on a folded folio sheet. Light edge wear. Near fine. Item #WRCAM49951
An important official printing of the presidential proclamation ending martial law in Kentucky in October 1865. Kentucky had not joined the Confederacy, so the proclamation of martial law there was a step President Lincoln had avoided until it seemed absolutely necessary. Martial law had been declared by the President on July 5, 1864, when the Civil War was still raging and "combinations were in progress in Kentucky for the purpose of inciting insurgent raids into that State." Johnson also comments on why martial law can now be ended because "the danger from insurgent raids into Kentucky has substantially passed away." An extraordinarily rare government publication, with only one copy in OCLC, at the Filson Historical Society. OCLC 49243807.