[See Series I, Vol. X, Part I, pp.62-64.]
GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. SEVENTH DIV., ARMY OF THE OHIO,
No. 44. Cumberland Gap, June 20, 1862.
It has been with mortification and regret that the general commanding has learned that outrages have been committed upon private property of citizens, some of whom are loyal to the Union, by a few bad men, who have disgraced their uniforms by their unsoldier-like conduct.
Private citizens and private property must be respected, and the honor of our flag and of the brave men who are ready to die beneath its folds shall not be sullied by a handful of desperadoes who have crept into the ranks of the army, and if any such act is committed after this order has become promulgated and known the perpetrator of the outrage shall suffer the penalty of death, as prescribed by the Rules and Articles of War.
It is directed that this order be at once published at the head of every company in the command and that commanding officers will look to its enforcement.
By command of General Morgan:
CHAS. O. JOLINE,
HDQRS. SEVENTH DIVISION, ARMY OF THE OHIO, Cumberland Gap, June 24, 1862.
Hon. E. M. STANTON, Washington, D. C.:
Citizens of Virginia, Kentucky, and Tennessee come in by the dozen to take the oath of allegiance to the United States. A moment ago 13 Virginians came in, and when I welcomed them back to the old flag every was dimmed with tears.
GEORGE W. MORGAN,
Brigadier-General Volunteers, Commanding.
CUMBERLAND GAP, June 27, 1862.
Hon. E. M. STANTON,
Secretary of War, Washington, D. C.:
Citizens from Lee County, Virginia, and East Tennessee continue to come in to take the oath of allegiance. I have adopted a conciliatory policy, and it has inspired confidence among the people generally, [but to a great extent it gives dissatisfaction to the Tennessee troops. General Spears called upon me this a.m. to ask permission to dispose of certain prisoners whom he has caused to be arrested. It appears they were concerned in the arrest of Nelson. Spears desired to hang them. I have requested that they should be turned over to the provost-guard, to be sent as prisoners of war to Indianapolis or Columbus. I am now satisfied if additional regiments of Tennessee troops are to be organized that they should be employed elsewhere and other troops be sent here].* This morning [Dr. Ewing], of Virginia, son of [Dr. Joshua D.
*The words bracketed in dispatch were omitted in the extract appended by Brigadier-General Morgan. They are in the original as received.
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