By the President of the United States of America
A Proclamation
Whereas by my proclamation* of the 29th of April, 1865, all restrictions upon internal, domestic,
and commercial intercourse, with certain exceptions therein specified and set forth, were
removed "in such parts of the States of Tennessee, Virginia,
North Carolina, South Carolina,
Georgia
, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, and so much of Louisiana as lies east of the Mississippi
River as shall be embraced within the lines of national military occupation;" and

*Executive order.

Whereas by my proclamation of the 22d of May, 1865, for reasons therein given, it was
declared that certain ports of the United States which had been previously closed against
foreign commerce should, with certain specified exceptions, be reopened to such commerce on
and after the 1st day of July next, subject to the laws of the United States, and in pursuance of
such regulations as might be prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury; and

Whereas I am satisfactorily informed that dangerous combinations against the laws of the
United States no longer exist within the State of Tennessee; that the insurrection heretofore
existing within said State has been suppressed; that within the boundaries thereof the authority
of the United States is undisputed, and that such officers of the United States as have been
duly commissioned are in the undisturbed exercise of their official functions:

Now, therefore, be it known that I, Andrew Johnson, President of the United States, do hereby
declare that all restrictions upon internal, domestic, and coastwise intercourse and trade and
upon the removal of products of States heretofore declared in insurrection, reserving and
excepting only those relating to contraband of war, as hereinafter recited, and also those which
relate to the reservation of the rights of the United States to property purchased in the territory
of an enemy heretofore imposed in the territory of the United States east of the Mississippi
River, are annulled, and I do hereby direct that they be forthwith removed; and that on and after
the 1st day of July next all restrictions upon foreign commerce with said ports, with the exception
and reservation aforesaid, be likewise removed; and that the commerce of said States shall be
conducted under the supervision of the regularly appointed officers of the customs provided by
law, and such officers of the customs shall receive any captured and abandoned property that
may be turned over to them under the law by the military or naval forces of the United States
and dispose of such property as shall be directed by the Secretary of the Treasury. The
following articles, contraband of war, are excepted from the effect of this proclamation: Arms,
ammunition, all articles from which ammunition is made, and gray uniforms and cloth.

And I hereby also proclaim and declare that the insurrection, so far as it relates to and within
the State of Tennessee and the inhabitants of the said State of Tennessee as reorganized and
constituted under their recently adopted constitution and reorganization and accepted by them,
is suppressed, and therefore, also, that all the disabilities and disqualifications attaching to said
State and the inhabitants thereof consequent upon any proclamation issued by virtue of the fifth
section of the act entitled "An act further to provide for the collection of duties on imports and
for other purposes," approved the 13th day of July, 1861, are removed.

But nothing herein contained shall be considered or construed as in any wise changing or
impairing any of the penalties and forfeitures for treason heretofore incurred under the laws of
the United States or any of the provisions, restrictions, or disabilities set forth in my
proclamation bearing date the 29th day of May, 1865, or as impairing existing regulations for
the suspension of the habeas corpus and the exercise of military law in cases where it shall be
necessary for the general public safety and welfare during the existing insurrection; nor shall
this proclamation affect or in any way impair any laws heretofore passed by Congress and duly
approved by the President or any proclamations or orders issued by him during the aforesaid
insurrection abolishing slavery or in any way affecting the relations of slavery, whether of
persons or property; but, on the contrary, all such laws and proclamations heretofore made or
issued are expressly saved and declared to be in full force and virtue.

In testimony 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 13th day of June, A. D. 1865, and of the Independence of
the United States of America the eighty-ninth.

ANDREW JOHNSON.

By the President:

WILLIAM H. SEWARD,

Secretary of State.
President Andrew Johnson
Proclamation -
Removing Trade Restrictions
on Confederate States
Lying East of the Mississippi River
June 13, 1865
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