Jacob Cox, Circular, April 12, 1865
Circular.] HEADQUARTERS TWENTY-THIRD ARMY CORPS,
Turner’s Bridge, April 12, 1865.
Since we left Goldsboro there has been a constant succession of house burning in rear of this command. This has never before been the case since the corps was organized, and the prospect of speedy peace makes this more than ever reprehensible. Division commanders will take the most vigorous measures to put a stop to these outrages, whether committed by men of this command or by stragglers from other corps. Any one found firing a dwelling-house, or any building in close proximity to one, should be summarily shot. A sentinel may be left by the advance division at each inhabited house along the road. To be relieved in succession from the other divisions as they come up, those left by the rear division reporting to the train guard and rejoining after the next halt.
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