Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln. Volume 8.
Lincoln, Abraham, 1809-1865.

Proclamation Concerning Trade with Indians [1]

March 17, 1865

By the President of the United States of America:

A Proclamation.

Whereas, reliable information has been received that hostile Indians within the limits of the United States have been furnished with arms and munitions of war by persons dwelling in conterminous foreign territory, and are thereby enabled to prosecute their savage warfare upon the exposed and sparse settlements of the frontier.

Now, therefore, be it known that I, Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim and direct that all persons detected in that nefarious traffic, shall be arrested and tried by Court Martial at the nearest military post, and, if convicted, shall receive the punishment due to their deserts.

Page  360In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.


Done at the City of Washington this seventeenth day of March, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-five, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty-ninth. ABRAHAM LINCOLN

By the President:

WILLIAM H SEWARD Secretary of State.


[1]   DS, DNA FS RG 11, Proclamations.