Washington, D.C: War Department, January 6 to December 30, 1862.
Numbers 1-217, preceded by a 99-page Index dated 1863. 12mo. Later buckram Eberstadt, Emancipation Proclamation 4. Item #322850
The War Department issue of Abraham Lincoln's Preliminary Emancipation Proclamation appears as General Orders No. 139 dated September 24, 1862. Eberstadt cites this as the fourth overall printing of the preliminary Emancipation Proclamation, months before it was officially declared. The original manuscript draft was written by the President on 21 September 1862, and was signed by Lincoln and Seward on the 22nd. A first printed version was sent to important government figures.
The present General Orders issue was sent to regimental commanders in the military and was the first widely disseminated printing. It is signed in type by Lincoln, Secretary of State William H. Seward, and Adjutant General Lorenzo Thomas. The order to publish was given on 24 September, but Eberstadt surmises that it was actually printed a few days later.
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