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Major-General John Adams Dix, To the People of Accomac and Northampton Counties of Virginia, November 13, 1861

John Adams Dix, detail
In this plea to the people of the two eastern counties of Virginia to accept the upcoming federal occupation of their region, Union commander John Adams Dix, laid out their situation. Resistance to an overwhelming force would be futile and bloody, but cooperation will reap benefits. Dix paid particular attention to the local culture, stating that the incoming Union troops will be commanded by a colonel from a slave state, leading soldiers recruited from neighboring Maryland, and that the right of all slave-owners will be respected. (By John Osborne)

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