|Powell Clayton Reconstruction Governor|
of Arkansas 1868-1871
PROCLAMATION TO THE CITIZENS OF NORTHERN ARKANSAS “WE HAVE RECEIVED FROM A FRIEND:
"The following proclamation, issued by Col. Livingston, formerly commanding at this Post. He now has charge of the district of N.E.Arkansas. (Headquarters, Dist. North Eastern Ark., Batesville, December 25th, 1863.)” Proclamation to the Citizens of Northern Arkansas: Ordered to assume command of the District of North Eastern Arkansas, I have come among you clothed with authority to protect the loyal and summarily punish all violations of the laws of war.
I am not here to ask you what you have done in the past.Your actions in the future,more than your past conduct, shall serve as a basis for my guidance. To the noble sons of Arkansas, who have stood true to the old flag amid all the vicissitudes of this deplorable war,I extend the warm right hand of fellowship. To those who have already repented of their folly in resisting the best and most powerful government on Earth, I shall afford protection; and to such as are now in arms,but are anxious and willing to return to their allegiance to the United States, I promise security in the enjoyment of those inestimable blessings, which only the Government I represent can bestow upon her citizens.
|From "The Aftermath of the Civil War in Arkansas|
By Powell Clayton
Arkansas Governor 1868-1871