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Anderson, S. C.
JAMES A. IIOYT & W.'W. HUMPHREYS*;
By tlie President-of (he Baited Stales.
^ AMNESTY .PROCLAMATION.
TViLEitEASj the President of tho tlnitetl
Suites, on the cigth day of December, A.
1). eighteen hundred and sixtj'-thrce, and
on the twenty-sixth day of 3farch, cigh
tecn hundred and sixty-four, did, with the
object to-suppress the existing rebellion,
to induce all persons to return to loyal(3-,
and to restore the authority of the Uni
ed States, issue proclamations offering
amnesty and pardon to certain persons
who had directly or by implication, par?
ticipated in the said rebellion; and
Whereas, many persons, who had so en?
gaged in said rebellion, have since the is?
suance of said proclamations failed or
neglected to take tho benefits offered
Whereas, many persons, who have been
justly deprived of all claim U\, amnesty,
am! pardon thereunder, by reason of their
participation, directly or by implication,
iu said .rebellion aud continued hostility
to the (govern me fit of. tho United States
since the date of said proclamation, now
desire to apply for and obtain .amnesty
To the end, therefore."that the author?
ity of the Govern men t of the United
States may be restored, and that peace,
order and and freedom may bo'establish cd,
J. Andrew Johnson, President of the
United States, do proclaim and declare
that I hereby grant to ail persons who
have, directly or indirectly participated iu
tho existing rebellion, except as herein?
after excepted, amnesty and pardonj with
restoration of all rights of property, ex?
cept as to slaves,, and except in eases
where legal proceedings, under the laws
of tho United States providing for the
confiscation of property of persons en?
gaged in rebellion, have been instituted,
but on the condition nevertheless, that
every such person shall take and subscribe
tho following oath, or affirmation, and
thenceforward keep and maintain said
oath inviolate, and which oath shall oc
registered for permanont preservation,
and shall be of-the tenor and -^fiect follow?
ing, to wit:
?I,-, do solemnly ?wcar or affirm,.
in tho presence of Almighty God, that I
will henceforth faithfully support and de?
fend the Constitution of the United States
and the Union of the States..thereunder,
and that I will, in like manner, abide by
and-faithfully support all laws and jfroe
lamations which have been made during
the existing rebellion with reference to
the emancipation of slaves. So help me
The following classes of persons arc ex?
cepted from the benefits of this proclama?
First?All who arc, or shall have boenj
pretended civil or diplomatic officers, or
otherwise domestic or foroign agents of
the pretended Confederate government.
Second?All who left judicial stations
under the United States to aid the rebel?
Third?All who -shall have been mili?
tary or naval officers of the pretended
Confederate government, above the rank
of Colonel in the army or Lieutenant in
Fourth?All who left seats in the Con?
gress of the United States to aid the re?
Fifth?All who resigned or tendered
resignations of their commissions in tlVc
army or navy of tho United States to
evade duty iii resisting the rebellion.
Sixth?All who have engaged, in any
way, in treating otherwise than lawfully,
as prisoners of war, persons"ionnd in the
United States service, as officers, soldiers,
seamen, or in other capacities.
Seventh?All persons who have been
or are absentees lrom the United States
for tho purpose of aiding the rebellion.
EnniTii?All military or naval officers
in the rebel service who were educated by
the government in the Military.Academy
at West Point, or the United States Na?
Ninth?All persons who held the pre?
tended offices of Governors of States in
insurrection against tho United .States.
Tenth?All persons, who left their
homes, within the jurisdiction and protec?
tion of the United Slates, and passed be?
yond the, federal military lines into the
so-called Confederate States for the pur?
pose of aiding the rebellion.
Eleventh-;?All persons who have been
engaged in the-destruction of the com-,
inorcc of the United States upon the high
seas, and :i!l p'erson.s who have made raids
into the United States lrom Canada'; or
been engaged-in destroying tho commerce,
of the United States upon the Jakes and
rivers that separate the jjritistrprovinces
from the United States.
Twki.itu?All persons who, at the time
when they seek to obtain the benefits
hereof by taking the oath herein pre?
scribed, tire in military, naval or civil
confinement or custody, or under bonds
of the civil, military or naval authorities
or agents of the United States, as priso?
ners of war, or persons detained for of?
fences of any kind, .eil her be forego r after
Thirteenth?All persons who have
voluntarily participated in said rebellion,
and the estimated value of whoso laxablo
properly is over twenty thousand dollars.
Fourteenth?All persons.who have
taken the oath of amnesty as prescribed
in the "President's proclamation of De?
cember eighth, A. I), one thousand eight
hundred ami sixty-three, or an oath of
.allegiance lo (he Government of the Uni?
ted St ates since the date of said proclam?
ation, and who have not thenceforward
kept and maintained tho same inviolate.
Provided, that special application may
be made to the President for pardon by
any persons belonging to the excepted,
classes, and.such clemency will be liberal
ly extended as may bo consistent with
tho facts of the caso and tho peace and
.dignity of the United States.
The Secretary of State will establish
rules and regulations for administering
and recording tho said amnesty oath, so
as to insure its benefit to the people,-nnd
.guard fho government against fraud.
In testimony whereof, 1 have hereunto
set my hand, and caused the*seal of the
United States to bo affixed.
Done at the city of "Washington, this tho
twenty-ninth day of May, in tho year
of our Lord one thousand eight hun?
dred and sixty-five, and of the indepen?
dence of the United States the eighty
By the President:
W-m. JJ. Skwaud. Secretary of State.
Extracts from United States Tax
. As soon as national military authority
is established over any political sub-divis?
ion of a State, the law is to go into effect.
The Commsisioncrs arc directed to assess
a duo proportion of the tax upon each
piece of real estate, whether in towa or
country, open an office and give notice
that they are prepared to leccive tax.?
The assessment to bo based on tho last
valuation of the State prior to January,
18C1, or, in default of that, upon such
other valuation as the Commissioners may
be best able to ascertain. Tho tax is to.
bo received sixty days from the giving of
the notice, Without interest; after that
period, interest attaches at the rate of ten
per centum per year froth. July, 1802.?
Ivic'.i tax payer is to appear at tho office
of the Commissioner in person, or, in caso
he cannot appear, then by his attorney,
either in fact or legally appointed; and
the attorney must show- that the person
whose tax he applies to pay, either has
not engaged voluntarily in the rebellion
or has taken tho oath.
On the expiration of the* sixty days, all
property on which tho tax is uupaid is
considered forfeited to tho United States,'
and tho commissioners may sell the same, .
giving thirty days notice. But the tax
may be paid at any time beforo the day
appointed for sale, by. paying the interest
accruing as above stated, and also of half
The interest in Charleston became
chargeable after tho sixth of May; the
penalty will not so become, probably, un?
After the -ale, sixty days are allowed
for redemption, on payment of the pur?
chase money, with interest at fifteen per
centum per annum- from day of sale.?
Any person can redeem within that time;
after that, persons proving loyalty may
redeem any time within a period of one or
two years, varying in length according to
their class, whether as persons beyond
seas, minors, &c, according to the discre?
tion of tho Tax Commissioners.
An appeal may bo made fyom their de?
cision to tho United States Courts.
All tho railroad bridges between Chat?
tanooga and Nashville have been repaired,
except the one over Barren-river.