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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

September 08, 1862

Lee Released Announcement to People of Maryland

Robert E. Lee released an announcement to the people of Maryland:

“The people of the Confederate States have long watched with the deepest sympathy the wrongs and outrages that have been inflicted on the citizens. We know no enemies among you, and will protect all, of every opinion.”

He was hoping that Maryland, when freed of Union military forces, would join the Confederate States of America. While there were many Confederate sympathizers in Maryland, there was not a wholesale uprising and rush to join the Confederacy as Lee had hoped.