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This Day in Georgia Civil War History

December 16, 1861

Georgia General Assembly Outlawed Trade with the “Enemy”

The Georgia General Assembly passed on Act outlawing trade with any Northern state or port while a state of war existed between the North and South.

Full Title: An Act to prevent Trading with the Enemy in time of War, within this State, or a Port of any other State. 5. SECTION I. Be it enacted, That from and after the passage of this Act, it shall be unlawful for any person to send or carry, to sell, or offer for sale, in any port, city, town, or other place, within this State, whilst the same is in possession, or under the control of the enemy of the Confederate States, or the State of Georgia, any cotton, grain, provisions, or other article of trade, and merchandize of any kind, or shall send, or cause to be sent out of this State, with the intention of carrying, or sending to sell, or offer for sale, any such articles at any such ports or place. And any person who shall, directly or indirectly, violate the provisions of this Act, shall be deemed guilty of a felony; and on conviction thereof, shall be punished by imprisonment in the Penitentiary, for a term of not less than two years, nor longer than ten years. [Sidenote: Trading with the enemy during the war, a felony,] [Sidenote: Punishment.] Approval Date: Assented to December 16, 1861.