Emory, William H. (William Hemsley), 1811-1887, Proclamation from Brigadier General W.H. Emory regarding plunder (April 27, 1863)
It having come to the knowledge of the General
temporarily in command of the United
States forces, that unauthorized persons are
banded together and committing plunder and
outrage on the property of the United States
and on the peaceable inhabitants of this
country, it is hereby ordered and declared to
be without the authority of the United States,
and all United States troops are commanded
to shoot down at sight, and disperse all such
bands of robbers and thieves.
W. H. EMORY,
Brigadier General Commanding.
By the General Commanding:
RICHARD B. IRWIN.
Assistant Adjutant General.
Headquarters, U. S. Forces,
Opelousas, LA April 27, 1863.