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Doc. 181.-navigation of the Missouri. General Pope's order.

Special order no. 12:

Headquarters, District North Missouri, St. Louis, August 13, 1861.
The following regulations for the navigation of the Missouri River are published for the information of all concerned, and will be strictly enforced:--

1. All captains of steamboats desiring to navigate the Missouri River, for the purposes of legitimate steamboat traffic, will be required to deposit at these Headquarters full lists of the officers of their boats, including mates, engineers, and pilots, who shall not be changed without immediate information to the General commanding, and a compliance with the specifications set forth in the following rules:--

2. Each captain shall file in the office a pledge, sworn to before some authorized magistrate, and signed by himself, the mates, engineers, and pilots of his boat, that they will not receive for transportation, or for any other purpose, any arms, ammunition, or munitions of war of any description whatsoever, without written authority from these Headquarters, or some commander of the United States forces; that they will not receive on board their steamer any person in arms against the United States, or who seeks to disturb the peace, unless compelled to do so by force, in which case immediate information of the circumstances, substantiated by sufficient proof, will be furnished to the commander of the nearest military station. This statement shall set forth the names of the leaders of such parties, their places of residence, and such other facts concerning them as will enable the military authorities to take the necessary steps to make reprisals upon them or their property.

3. That they will not communicate any information whatever concerning the number, stations, or movements of United States forces which may come to their knowledge, except to United States officers.

4. That they will pursue in good faith their ordinary peaceful business on the river, without in any way interfering or taking part in the disturbances which distract the State.

Under these conditions, faithfully observed, the navigation of the Missouri River will not only be free and unmolested, but will be protected by the military authorities.

Any evasion or infraction of these regulations will lead to the immediate confiscation of the boat, and such other penalty to its officers as may hereafter be determined. Charges against steamboat officers for the violation or evasion of any of the regulations above specified, preferred by responsible persons, must be disproved by those concerned, to the entire satisfaction of the General commanding, who has neither the time nor the inclination to prosecute such matters by long investigations. [526]

A certificate that the papers above specified have been filed in this office will be furnished, and will be the authority to pass unmolested any military station on the river.

By order of Brigadier-General Pope.

speed Butler, Acting Adjutant-General.

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