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24 October 1863: “…the undersigned hereby assumes Command of the Department and Army of the Tennessee.””

Item Description: General Orders, dated 24 October 1863, signed by Major General William T. Sherman and written to Major General James McPherson.  In this order, Sherman assumes command of the Department and Army of the Tennessee and names R. M. … Continue reading

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14 April 1863: “The Comdg Gen. leaves temporarily and for the purpose of putting himself at the head of a relieving force, and having raised the siege expects soon to return.”

Item Description: Copy of Union General John Gray Foster’s 14 April 1863 Order commending the troops, enclosed in a 17 April 1863 letter written to William L. Whitney of Cambridge, Massachusetts from his son in the Union army stationed at Washington, N.C. … Continue reading

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10 March 1863: “Private Joseph Hebert Co. A., Crescent Regt. La. Vols. now under sentence of death for desertion having been pardoned by the President of the Confederate States, is hereby ordered to be released…”

Item description: Order, 10 March 1863, concerning a Confederate private who has been pardoned from his death sentence. Item citation: From folder 5 in the George William Logan Papers #1560, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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11 August 1862: “the sentinels through whose neglect or the officer through whose orders it is done, shall be tried by drum head court martial and shot without mercy…”

Item description: General Orders, No. 1, from Head Quarters of the Bridge Guards, Wilmington, N.C. Item citation: From folder 2 of the T. L. Clingman Papers, #157, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. … Continue reading

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20 July 1862: “If a soldier or a legitimate follower of the army be fired upon from any house, the house shall be razed to the ground, and the inhabitants sent prisoners to the headquarters of this army.”

Item description: General Orders, Number 7, dated 20 July 1862, issued by command of Major General John Pope. These orders appear as they were published in the Supplemental Report of the Joint Committee on the Conduct of the War, In … Continue reading

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8 June 1862: “that infamous proclamation of Gen. Butler’s was issued in consequence of the ladies of New Orleans have sent back the cards sent to them by Mrs. Butler!”

Item description: Entry, 8 June 1862, from the diary of Sarah Lois Wadley. She records news of the war and comments on Union Gen. Benjamin Butler’s infamous General Order No. 28 (the so-called “Woman’s Order”). Item citation: In the Sarah … Continue reading

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29 May 1862: “the commanding General does not seem it necessary to invoke the troops of this Army to emulate the deeds of their noble comrades in the valley”

Item description: Official copy, dated 29 May 1862, of General Orders, No. 58, celebrating the Confederate victory at the First Battle of Winchester, part of Stonewall Jackson’s campaign through the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Item citation: From folder 23 of … Continue reading

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23 May 1862: “Men of the south! Shall our mothers, our wives, our daughters and sisters, be thus outraged by the ruffianly soldiers of the North, to whom is given the right to treat, at their pleasure, the ladies of the South as common harlots?”

Item description: The Wilmington Daily Journal of 23 May 1862 included this compilation of material related to General Benjamin F. Butler’s General Order No. 28. Declaring that “ladies of New Orleans” who “shall, by word, gesture or movement, insult or … Continue reading

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4 January 1862: “It has been reported to the General Commanding that there are many persons within our lines who are in the habit of wearing the uniform and badges of Commissioned Officers, who are not entitled thereto.”

Item description: Handwritten copy of General Orders No. 3, concerning the forbidden practice of enlisted men wearing the uniforms and badges of commissioned officers. [Transcription available below images.] Item citation: From folder 19 of the William Nelson Pendleton Papers, #1466, … Continue reading

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