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General Beauregard attempts to rally Virginians against "the tyrant" Lincoln and his "Abolition hosts"

Pierre G. T. Beauregard, Brady image, detail
06/01/1861
General P.G.T. Beauregard issued a colorful proclamation from his headquarters in Manassas Junction, Virginia, aiming to rally Virginians against the Union.  It stated in part that a "reckless and unprincipled tyrant has invaded your soil. Abraham Lincoln, regardless of all moral, legal, and constitutional restraints, has thrown his Abolition hosts among you, who are murdering and imprisoning your citizens, confiscating and destroying your property, and committing other acts of violence and outrage too shocking and revolting to humanity to be enumerated."  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The Annual Register or a View of the History and Politics of the Year 1861 (London: F. & J. Rivington, 1862), 243. 

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