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Edmund Cooper to Governor Jonathan Worth, Washington DC, April 21, 1866

Jonathan Worth, detail
President Andrew Johnson's April 2, 1866 proclamation that the rebellion was at an end, encouraged local Southern politicians and confused Union troops occupying the area. Governor Jonathan Worth was particularly interested in the status of martial law and the impact on military commission trials in North Carolina. Major John H. Gee, the former commander of the Confederacy's Salisbury Prison in North Carolina, where a quarter of the Union prisoners imprisoned there died, was then on trial before a U.S. military commission for war crimes. Here the president's office breaks the news that martial law still prevailed in North Carolina in cases not suited to the civilian courts and states that military commission trials already begun would continue. Major Gee's prosecution went on until July 1866 when he was acquitted on all charges and released. (By John Osborne)


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