Item description: General Order No. 25, dated 13 September 1861, regarding improper leaves of absence from the area of military command.
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Head Quarters 1st Brig. 1st Corps
Army of the Potomac Flint Hill
Sept 13th 1861
General orders No 25}
The General commanding having reason to believe notwithstanding General order No. 21. Officers and privates of this Brigade have left its limits on leaves of absence or orders granted by Field officers or company commanders not submitted for approval at these Head Quarters is constrained to order that:
I No officer or private shall leave the limits of the command, except on leave regularly procured and subsequently approved by the General commanding the Brigade, unless on business connected with the troops and in the immediate vicinity of the command, in which event the leave regularly obtained from the commanders of Regiments & Corps will suffice and any abuse of such leaves to go to Falls Church or elsewhere should be at once subjects of court martial.
II That leaves to go beyond the limits of the command shall be obtained regularly according to army regulations & the regulations of the camps, and shall designate the time and place of absence and shall state in words or in substance “the approval of the General commanding the Brigade to be first obtained.”
The General commanding the Brigade is thus stringent not that he is unwilling to grant every proper indulgence, but for the interest of the service and in justice to those officers and men who will not leave the command without authority duly obtained.
Every officer commanding a Regiment of Corps is expected to bring to account all who violate their orders.
By order Genl. Bonham
Gen. Order No 25 referring to Gen. Order No 21 noticing improper absences from regimental & other camps and recapitulating that order. (dated Sep 13 1861)