WASHINGTON, April 10.
By the President of the United States:
It has pleased Almighty God to vouchsafe signal victories to the land and naval forces engaged in suppressing an internal rebellion and at the same time to avert from our country the dangers of foreign intervention and invasion. It is therefore recommended to the people of the United States at their next weekly assemblages, in their accustomed places of worship, which shall occur after 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 especial aid in behalf of all those who have been thrown into affliction by the councils of sedition and civil war; and that they reverently invoke the Divine guidance of our national councils to the end that they may speedily result in the restoration of peace, harmony and unity throughout our borders, and the hasty establishment of fraternal relations among the countries of the earth.
In witness whereof I have here under set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. Done in the city of Washington, this 10th day of April in the year of our Lord 1862.
– Published in the Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, April 12, 1862, p. 3