Headquarters 19th A.C. And U. S. Forces
Morganzia La. June 3d 1864
Notwithstanding the orders issued from these and superior headquarters against straggling and pillaging the Brigadier Genl. Comdg. regrets that the evil so far from being diminished is increasing and threatens serious consequences to this army "Straggler" and "Pillager" are identical terms they are the cowards that diminish our ranks when confronting the enemy and swell the list of prisoners that are captured by the enemy they fear to meet the foe in battle and content themselves with the plunder of innocent women and children and when captured are the first to cry for mercy, and denounce the flag and government which they so shamefully abandon & disgrace death would not atone for their disloyalty and crimes evry officer and true soldier of this command is called upon to put a stop to this pericious habit and to suppress it by force of arms and at any cost The order regulating the march of columns from these Headquarters, by placing a field officer in rear of each Regiment and by other regulations would seem to imply that some of the officers themselves do not do their full duty in suppressing the evil. Hereafter the officer to whose command these straggers may belong will be held to a rigid accountability for permitting these men to straggle on the march all men caught absent from their command without authority
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