Proclamation Raising the Blockade of Certain Ports

May 12, 1862

By the President of the United States of America.

A Proclamation.

Whereas, by my Proclamation of the nineteenth of April, one thousand eight hundred and sixty-one, it was declared that the ports of certain States, including those of Beaufort in the State of North Carolina, Port Royal in the State of South Carolina, and New Orleans in the State of Louisiana, were, for reasons therein set forth, intended to be placed under blockade; and whereas, the said ports of Beaufort, Port Royal, and New Orleans, have since been blockaded; but as the blockade of the same ports may now be safely relaxed with advantage to the interests of commerce:

Now, therefore, be it known, that I, ABRAHAM LINCOLN, President of the United States, pursuant to the authority in me vested by the fifth section of the Act of Congress, approved on the 13th. of July, last, entitled “An Act further to provide for the Collection of Duties on Imports, and for other Purposes,”-do hereby declare that the blockade of the said ports of Beaufort, Port Royal, and New Orleans, shall so far cease and determine from and after the first day of June, next, that commercial intercourse with those ports, except as to persons, things, and information, contraband of war, may, from that time, be carried on, subject to the laws of the United States and to the limitations and in pursuance of the regulations which are prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury in his order of this date, which is appended to this proclamation.

In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed.


Done at the City of Washington this twelfth day of May, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty two, and of the Independence of the United States the eighty sixth. ABRAHAM LINCOLN

By the President:

WILLIAM H. SEWARD Secretary of State.


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