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ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE,

Washington, February 22, 1864.

No. 68.

PUBLIC RESOLUTION-No. 12.

JOINT RESOLUTION tendering the thanks of Congress to Major General W. T.

SHERMAN,

Be it resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the thanks of Congress and of the people of the United States are due, and that the same are hereby tendered, to Major General W. T. SHERMAN, Commander of the Department and Army of the Tennessee, and the officers and soldiers who served under him, for their gallant and arduous services in marching to the relief of the Army of the Cumberland, and for their gallantry and heroism in the battle of Chattanooga, which contributed in a great degree to the success of our arms in that glorious victory.

Approved February 19, 1864.

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:

E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant General.

OFFICIAL:

GENERAL ORDERS,

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WAR DEPARTMENT,
ADJUTANT GENERÁL'S OFFICE,

Washington, February 22, 1864.

No. 69.

The following proclamation is published for the information of concerned :

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA :

A PROCLAMATION.

WHEREAS, by my proclamation of the nineteenth of April, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one, tbe ports of the States of South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas, were, for reasons therein set forth, placed under blockade; and whereas the port of Brownsville, in the district of Brazos Santiago, in the State of Texas, bas since been blockaded, but as the blockade of said port may now be safely relaxed with advantage to the interests of commerce:

Now, therefore, be it known that I, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, President of the United States, pursuant to the authority in me vested by the fifth section of the act of Congress approved on the 13th of July, 1861, entitled “An act further to provide for the collection of duties on imports, and for other purposes," do hereby declare that the blockade of the said port of Brownsville shall so far cease and determine from and after this date, that commercial intercourse with said port, except as to persons, things, and information hereinafter specified, may, from this date, be carried on, subject to the laws of the United States, to the regulations prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury, and, until the rebellion shall have been suppressed, to such orders as may be promulgated by the General commanding the Department, or by an officer duly authorized by him and commanding at said port.

This proclamation does not authorize or allow the shipment or conveyance of persons in or intending to enter the service of the insurgents, or of things or information intended for their use, or for their aid or comfort, por except upon the permission of the Secretary of War, or of some officer duly authorized by him, of the following prohibited articles, namely: cannon, mortars, fire arms, pistols, bombs, grenades, powder, saltpetre, sulphur, balls, bullets, pikes, swords, boarding-caps, (always excepting the quantity of the said articles which may be necessary for the defense of the ship and those who compose the crew,) saddles, bridles, cartridgesail cloth of all kinds, hemp and cordage, intoxicating drinks, other than beer and light native wines.

To vessels clearing from foreign ports and destined to the port of Brownsville, opened by this proclamation, licenses will be granted by Consuls of the United States upon satisfactory evidence that the vessel so licensed will convey no persons, property, or information, excepted or prohibited above, either to or from the said port; which licenses shall be exhibited to the collector of said port immediately on arrival, and, if required, to any officer in charge of the blockade; and on leaving said port, every vessel will be required to have a clearance from the collector of the customs, according to law, showing no violations of the conditions of the license. Any violations of said conditions will involve the forfeiture and condemnation of the vessel and cargo, and the exclusion of all parties concerned from any further privilege of entering the United States during the war for any purpose whatever.

In all respects, except as herein specified, the existing blockade remains in full force and effect as hitherto established and maintained, nor is it relaxed by this proclamation except in regard to the port to which relaxation is or bas been sly applied.

In witnesss 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 eighteenth day of February, in

of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty[SEAL.]

four, and of the Independence of the United States the eightyeighth.

the year

ABRAHAM LINCOLN.

BY THE PRESIDENT:
WILLIAM H. SEWARD,

Secretary of State.

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:

E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant General.

OFFICIAL:

AVJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICK,

Washington, February 22, 1864.

No. 70.

Transportation of Stores for Freedmen.

All stores turned over to the officers of the Quartermaster's Depart ment in the Military Division of the Mississippi by the United States Commission for the relief of the National Freedmen, with the approval of the immediate next Military Commander, who will satisfy himself that the stores are such as are necessary for the subsistence and comfort of the Freedmen, will be received and transported as public stores consigned to the Quartermaster at the post for which they are destined, by whom they will, after examination and approval by the Post Commander or Provost Marshal, be turned over to the duly authorized agents of said Commission for distribution to the Freedmen.

Duly accredited agents and teachers of the Commission, under orders from the Commission, will, upon papers approved by the Commanding Officer, be permitted to take passage upon government steamers and railroad trains, but cannot be transported at the expense of the United States.

BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:

E. D. TOWNSEND, Assistant Adjutant General.

OFFICIAL:

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