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Library of Congress: Major Genl. John A. Dix

Fake Letter Ordering Draft Prompts General Andrew A. Dix to Suppress the Press

By May 17, 1864

By order of President Lincoln, General John A. Dix, a Union commander, suppresses the New York Journal of Commerce and the New York World and arrests the newspapers’ editors after both papers publish a forged presidential proclamation purporting to order another draft of 400,000 men. Lincoln withdraws the order to arrest the editors and the papers resume publication two days later.


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