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Gen. John Dix to the U.S. Marshals in Maryland, Instructions on the upcoming State Elections, November 1, 1861

John Adams Dix, detail
The preservation of Maryland as a Union state was of utmost importance to the Lincoln Administration. Virtually under military law, any hint of support for secession had been treated seriously, often with imprisonment without trial. Major General John Adams Dix, military commander in the state, sought to make the November 6, 1861 gubernatorial and legislative elections safe for the Union with this proclamation ordering U.S. Marshals to arrest and restrict from voting any suspected of supporting the Confederacy. The election passed off peacefully and the Union ticket, led by Governor-Elect Augustus W. Bradford, was successful. (By John Osborne)