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to maintain, support and defend the Constitution and Government of

the United States, while I therefore believe it to be my duty to look after the interests of that Government.

You, sir, will exercise your own judgment in this matter, while I remain, truly, your most humble and obedient servant,

WM. C. BERRY.

HEADQURTERS DISTRICT NORTH MISSOURI RAILROAD,

Saint Louis, February 24, 1862.

Colonel THOMAS MORTON,

Eighty-first Ohio Volunteers, Commanding, Danville, Mo.

COLONEL:

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Prisoners on trial or to be tried by a military commission are still in charge of the post commanders though held subject to the orders of the commission when approved. You will therefore send the required list of prisoners in confinement without delay. In conclusion I must request that in the future there may be more punctuality and exactness in compliance with orders.

By request of Brigadier-General Schofield:

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHARLES S. SHELDON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

HEADQUARTERS NORTH MISSOURI RAILROAD,

Saint Louis, February 25, 1862.

Lieutenant S. W. BARD,

Provost-Marshal, Glasgow, Mo.

LIEUTENANT: The commanding general directs that all persons held in custody or on parole at your post accused of violations of the laws of war as set forth in section I of the inclosed curcular* shall be sent under guard to Columbia for trial before the military commission now in session at that place. Prisoners of war will be sent to the provost-marshal at Saint Louis under guard. All others not included in section II will be released on bond and oath. The bonds will be sent to these headquarters a list being kept at your office for record.

Very respectfully, your obedient servant,

CHARLES S. SHELDON,

Acting Assistant Adjutant-General.

GENERAL ORDERS, HDQRS. DEPARTMENT OF THE MISSOURI, No. 48.

Saint Louis, Mo., February 26, 1862.

I. The public press has given circulation to the following correspondence:

General E. A. PAINE, Commanding, Cairo:

Yesterday (February 8) several companies of our cavalry with one company of Ross'infantry scoured the country west bringing in 50 prisoners. Our cavalry also

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*See circular, p. 263.

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