Washington: War Department, Adjutant General's Office, 1865.
Very good. Single leaf, 5 1/4 x 7 1/8 inches, possibly originally issued with two leaves, the second being blank. 1.5 pages of text, signed in print by Lincoln, William Seward, and E.D. Townsend. Faint folding creases; near fine.
Issued March 11, 1865, this was the second of two general amnesties issued by the President during the Civil War. These proclamations were intended to bring deserters and draft evaders back into the fold and encourage loyalty to the Union. The first, issued on March 10, 1863, gave all deserters a full pardon with no consequences if they returned to their units by April 1. Those who did not would have their citizenship revoked and were subject to court-martial (with penalties as severe as death). This second proclamation offered the same basic terms, but allowed deserters 60 days to return to duty.