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Headquarters, Fort Clark, N. C., September 16, 1861.
To the People of North Carolina:
The Colonel commanding the Federal forces now in North Carolina, having heard of the erroneous impression which exists among the inhabitants as to the object and purpose of said forces, would state that it is no part of the object of said forces to pillage or plunder. We come not to destroy, but to secure place and uphold the laws of the United States.--The rights of property and persons will be respected and protected, and any Federal soldier infringing upon either will be very severely punished. It is no part of our intention to war against women and children.--On the contrary, they shall be protected with all the power under our control. Loyal citizens can enjoy their homes and property without the fear of molestation. No law will be abrogated or interfered with unless it comes in conflict with some law of the United States or the Constitution. All others will be obeyed and respected. It is with traitors and rebels in arms, who are destroying place and order, and inciting rebellion, that the Federal forces are to deal. We come to give you back law, order, the Constitution, your rights under it, and to restore peace. We call upon traitors and rebels in arms to lay them down, and upon good citizens, who respect the law, to aid us in our undertaking.

Rush C. Hawkins,
Colonel Ninth New York Volunteers,
Commanding Post.

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