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osakadave
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Has anyone ever heard of an Executive Order #2 supposedly signed by Abraham Lincoln and supposedly giving him martial law and supposedly renewed by every US president ever since?
I do know that the numbering of US Presidential Executive Orders weren't numbered until 1900, but they were retroactive back to 1862, so Lincoln would have issuesd #2. I've been looking and can't seem to find the text for it. Anybody?

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http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/executive_orders.php?year=1862
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Excellent. I had looked at that site and simply missed the notation of EO #1.

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Has anyone ever heard of an Executive Order #2 supposedly signed by Abraham Lincoln and supposedly giving him martial law and supposedly renewed by every US president ever since?
If the U.S. has really been under martial law since the mid-19th century, and the only evidence of it is a 144-year-old executive order, then I'd have to say martial law doesn't seem to be all that bad.

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A little bit related: Confederate apologists like to bring up Lincoln's use of martial law. The Confederacy was under martial for more than a third of its existence. The CSA had over 4000 political prisoners. Abolitionists writings and speakers were banned almost from colonial times. And the CSA Secret Service used assassinations, bombings, and even tried to use germ warfare against the Union. So much for being "less tyranical."
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