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a few cases the Government agent was charged with the duty.
The following is the form of certificate given for cotton burned June 10, 1862:
This is to certify that — bales of cotton, belonging to---, was burned on his plantation this day.
Provost-Marshal, Parish, La.
The issues for which we were battling fortunately rendered us indifferent to the personal losses we were everywhere sustaining.
Mr. Davis, after hearing of the loss of our property, the sacking of our house on Brierfield, the destruction of our fine library, the loss of all the blooded stock on the place, and the demoralization of the negroes, and their forcible deportation, wrote to me a long letter about the army, etc., and in a paragraph said:
You will have seen a notice of the destruction of our home.
If our cause succeeds we shall not mourn over any personal deprivation; if it should not, why, the deluge.
I hope I shall be able to provide for the comfort of the old negroes.
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