6 January 1863: “All deserters [...] will be restored to duty without trial.”

Item description: Copy of General Orders, No. 2, dated 6 January 1863, granting amnesty to deserters who return to the Army of the Trans-Mississippi by the 1st of February 1863.

Item transcription:

HdQtrs. Trans Miss. Dept.
Little Rock, Jany. 6, 1863

General Orders
No. 2 }

All deserters belonging to the Army of the Trans. Mississippi Dept. and still absent from the commands, who will return to their respective commands before the 1st day of February, 1863, will be restored to duty without trial.

By command of Lt. Genl. Holmes.
(signed) S. S. Anderson
A.A. Genl.

Official
A.L. [?]
A.A.A.G.
Commanding Officer
[Harrisonburg?] 

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