WASHINGTON, April 10.
It has please almighty God to vouchsafe signal victories to the land and naval forces engaged in suppressing an internal rebellion, and at the same it to avert from our country the dangers of foreign intervention and invasion. It is therefore recommended to the people of the United States, that at their next weekly assemblage in their accustomed place of worship which shall occur after the notice of this proclamation shall have been received, they especially acknowledge and render thanks to our Heavenly Father for these inestimable blessings; that they then and there implore spiritual consolation in behalf of all those who have been brought into affliction by the casualties of seditious and civil war, and that they reverently invoke the divine guidance for our national councils to the end, that they may speedily result in the restoration of peace, harmony and unity throughout our borders, and hasten the establishment of fraternal relations among the countries of the earth.
In testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and cause the seal of the United States to be affixed.
Done at the city of Washington this 10th day of April, in the year of our Lord, 1862.
– Published in The Davenport Daily Gazette, Davenport, Iowa, Saturday Morning, April 12, 1862, p. 2