War of the Rebellion: Serial 015 Page 0053 Chapter XXIV. GENERAL REPORTS.

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Question by General McDOWELL. Lay before the court Special Orders, Numbers 65, and paragraph 2, General Orders, Numbers 10, Headquarters Department of the Rappahannock.

Answer. The order is recorded in the general-order book, page 116, and special-order book, page 135, submitted to the court.

The record read the order, as follows:

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK,

Numbers 65.

Opposite Fredericksburg, Va., May 13, 1862.

In visiting this afternoon the graves of those who fell in the advance on this place the major-general commanding was pained at seeing that in paying a tribute of respect to their companions some of the men of his command had despoiled a neighboring tomb-that of a woman. Such conduct is undoubtedly to be ascribed to nothing worse than thoughtlessness; yet know thoughtless to pay respect to the dead of to-day by a desecration of the dead of yesterday. Can the graves of these brave men be respected hereafter when it is seen that their friends have not respected that of her who sleeps beside them?

Brigadier-General Augur will detail a party of bricklayers and others, and will obtain the necessary materials for fully restoring the tombs which have been injured, and will at the same time have suitable head-pieces placed over the graves of our men, giving full names, residence, company, and regiment, and inclose the little cemetery neatly and substantially.

By command of Major-General McDowell:

SAML. BRECK,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK,

Numbers 10.

Opposite Fredericksburg, May 10, 1862.

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II. The colored fugitives who have sought the protection of the army will be taken up for the public service, and will be enrolled and registered as heretofore prescribed. This is made necessary to relieve, as far as possible, the troops from labor at depots and on railroads.

These fugitives will wear a uniform badge, to be furnished by the quartermaster's department, made to designate them in gangs of tens and hundreds.

By command of Major-General McDowell;

SAML. BRECK,

Assistant Adjutant-General.

Question by General McDOWELL. Lay before the court General Orders, Numbers 8 and Numbers 18, and form of certificate ordered to be given for property taken for the public service.

Answer. General Orders, Numbers 8, is found on page 115, general-order book, and General Order, Numbers 18, on page 121, general-order book, and the form of certificate may be found on the same page.

These orders and form read, as follows:

GENERAL ORDERS,

HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK,

Numbers 8.

Opposite Fredericksburg, May 7, 1862.

The following is announced as the only recognized method of taking supplies of al descriptions, such as forage, provisions, animals, tools, &c., from citizens. The authority of the division commander, or brigade commander of troops not belonging to division, must first be obtained; nothing will be taken without this authority. Receipts for the property taken must be made out in delicate, according to prescribed form, and signed; one copy to be given to the person from whom the articles are taken, and one to be forwarded at the end of the month, with an abstract of all receipts given during the month, to the chief of the staff department for which the supplies are taken, at these headquarters. The only porions authorized to sign the above receipts are the division and brigade quartermasters and commissaries and persons specially authorized to do so from these headquarters. Blank forms will be furnished on application to the chief quartermaster of this department.

By command of Major-General McDowell:

SAML. BRECK,

Assistant Adjutant-General.