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1865 Issue of "The Acorn" Reports on Colored Troops and Anti-Copperhead

An issue of the New Orleans newspaper "The Acorn" with reports on Colored troops and anti-Copperhead discourse. 8pp, measuring 9" x 12", New Orleans, dated March 12, 1864. Volume I, No. 11, edited by F. E. Hyer and N.M. Taylor. Published by The Union Ladies' Aid Association. The paper advertised itself as a "A semi-monthly paper, devoted to Unconditional Unionism and universal freedom" and includes articles and reports on the war, abolition of slavery, anti-Copperhead politics, and the inclusion of Black troops in the Army. With light edge toning and chipping. Minor creasing and bumping to the corners. Very good overall.

Highlights from the issue include:
"THE UNION AS IT WAS. This is a party catchword among Copperheads and it is important to lift its meaning. The Union as it was, when? In 1800 or 1860? Doubtless, those who use the phrase refer to the latter period. They wish the wheels of progress to be turned backward, and the nation to ignore all its convictions, knowledge and experience acquired since this rebellion commenced. A new Southern President, or a Northern doughface with Southern principles, must be inaugurated in the seat of power…and the Supreme Court must be constructed in the exclusive interest of slavery…All punishment for treason must cease, and the leading rebels, who by solemn act of Congress have been declared forever ineligible to any office in the United States must again be admitted upon the floor of Congress to legislate for the free millions at the North…Then Again, by the incidents of the war, many thousands of slaves have been declared free and are now incorporated among the freeman of the country; these must all be remanded to slavery and subjected to the tenfold tyranny and oppression of their vindictive masters. All this and much more is involved in restoring the Union as it was, and making the extension and perpetuation of slavery the key note of the policy of this government…Let teachings of Copperheads be followed and a peace patched up by compromise, and five years would not pass away before another civil war, and our children would have only a heritage of blood."

"New Orleans, November 16, 1863. Special Orders No. 102…that all able-bodied men of color employed upon Government or private plantations will be detailed for military services in the Corpa d'Afrique upon order of the Commission of Enrollment, is hereby suspended…No officer or other person will hereafter be permitted to recruit for any Corps or Regiment of colored troops from off the Government or leased plantations…No negro will be recruited from off the plantations of private individuals until further orders, for the purpose of permitting planters to take off their present crop…"

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