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Brigadier-General Henry Lockwood, To the People of Accomac and Northampton Counties of Virginia, November 23, 1861

Henry Hayes Lockwood, detail
Ten days earlier, Union commander John Adams Dix had promised the people of the two eastern counties of Virginia that their cooperation during their occupation would reap benefits. Dix paid particular attention to the local culture, stating that the incoming Union troops would include soldiers recruited from neighboring Maryland, and that the right of all slave-owners would be respected. Federal commander Brigadier-General Henry Hayes Lockwood continued that policy, affirming from his headquarters in Drummondtown, now Accomac, Virginia, that no office holders in the area would be removed and that they were to continue their duties as before, provided they take an oath of allegiance to the United States. (By John Osborne)