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[106] order sent to Mr. Adam Harper, a man 82 years old, and a cripple, one who had served as a soldier in the war of 1812, and who was a son of a revolutionary soldier, who had served throughout that war, which was as follows:

Sir,—In consequence of certain robberies which have been committed on Union citizens of this county, by bands of guerrillas, you are hereby assessed to the amount of($285.00) two hundred and eighty-five dollars, to make good their losses, and upon your failure to comply with the above assessment by the 8th day of December the following order has been issued to me by General R. H. Milroy:

You are to burn their houses, seize all their cattle and shoot them. You will be sure that you strictly carry out this order. You will inform the inhabitants for ten or fifteen miles around your camp, on all the roads approaching the town upon which the enemy may approach, that they must dash in and give you notice, and upon any one failing to do so, you will burn their houses and shoot the men.

By order of Brigadier-General R. H. Milroy.

H. Kellog, Captain Commanding Post.

Could the most brutal savagery of any age exceed the unreasoning cruelty of this order.


(See 1 So. His. Society Papers, p. 231.)


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