ADJT. AND INSP. GENERAL'S OFFICE, Richmond [Va.], December 24, 1862.
GENERAL ORDERS, No. 111.
I. The following proclamation of the President is published for the information and guidance of all concerned therein:BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE CONFEDERATE STATES.
Now therefore, I Jefferson Davis, President of the Confederate States of America, and in their name do pronounce and declare the said Benjamin F. Butler to be a felon deserving of capital punishment. I do order that he be no longer considered or treated simply as a public enemy of the Confederate States of America but as an outlaw and common enemy of mankind, and that in the event of his capture the officer in command of the capturing force do cause him to be immediately executed by hanging; and I do further order that no commissioned officer of the United States taken captive shall be released on parole before exchange until the said Butler shall have met with due punishment for his crimes...
(Large Charlie Gibson Edit)
In testimony whereof I have signed these presents and caused the seal of the Confederate States of America to be affixed thereto at the city of Richmond on this 23d day of December, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-two.
By the President:
J. P. BENJAMIN, Secretary of State.