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Andrew Johnson, Proclamation, Removal of Trade Restrictions in Occupied Southern States, Washington, D.C.

Andrew Johnson, detail
As soon as it became possible, the United States Government began to reduce the massive costs of the Civil War by halting purchases and discharging hundreds of thousands of soldiers and sailors each day. President Andrew Johnson also decreed that many restrictions on commerce the Union Army had placed for operational reasons in the Southern states under military occupation be immediately lifted so as to get business up and running again as the earliest date. This proclamation caused some debate and later clarifications were made. (By John Osborne)