Doc. 177.-Gen. Hurlburt's proclamation. Quartering soldiers on the enemy.
Colonel Smith, commanding Sixteenth Illinois regiment, the following rations for his command: Salt pork or bacon, 412 pounds, or in lieu thereof, 687 pounds fresh beef; corn meal, 687 pounds; beans, 44 quarts, or 55 pounds rice; coffee, 55 pounds; sugar, (brown, dry,) 8 1/2 pounds; vinegar, 5 1/2 gallons; soap, 22 pounds; salt, 11 quarts; potatoes, or mixed vegetable diet, 550 pounds; molasses, 2 1/2 gallons; wood, 1/2 cord; corn in ear, 2 bushels; water sufficient for command to be hauled. If these articles are promptly furnished receipts will be given by Colonel Smith; if not furnished, they will be taken from the most convenient persons and places, and the regiment will be billeted upon the city of Palmyra, in private houses, according to the convenience of the regiment. If your authorities desire to avoid this great evil and inconvenience, you will fulfil this order. The county of Marion will also be held responsible, and compelled to pay all expenses of transporting, &c., of this expedition, and of its support while here. This occupation will continue until the marauders who fired upon the train, and those who in open day disarmed Mr. Wilcox, are captured and surrendered to the military authorities, and will be rigidly enforced. If the county authorities cannot be found, or are unwilling to act, the authorities of the city of Palmyra will be required to fill this order and render their charges against the county. All persons who know of parties engaged in the above criminal acts are required to give sworn information to us or Colonel Smith, commanding Sixteenth regiment.
S. A. Hurlburt, Brigadier-General U. S. Army.