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[Fwd: MIL: Depredations by Soldiers (Antietam #5)]

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  • Bill and Glenna Jo Christen
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 11, 2002
      > LOUISVILLE DAILY JOURNAL, September 20, 1862.
      > DEPREDATIONS BY SOLDIERS. -- It is stated the Gen. McClellan has
      > issued orders since his arrival in Western Maryland that [any] soldier
      > detected in committing depredations of private property shall be punished
      > with death. What a contrast this presents to the conduct of the rebel
      > marauders under Lee and Jackson! Thirty-four mills around Frederick were
      > despoiled of several thousand barrels of flour, and the farmers were
      > relieved of all their forage grain and cattle, the only pay ever tendered
      > being Confederate notes. In instances where Lee placed guards over property
      > they afforded no protection. A correspondent of the Philadelphia Press says
      > a certain Captain Gilmore obtained the horses from the guards who were
      > protecting them. Complaint being made to Lee, he said that if the horses
      > were found, and the case proved, Gilmore should be shot. The horses were
      > not found and Gilmore continues serene. This protection to property,
      > included that of stores, both of Union men and secessionists in Frederick,
      > while they were closed, but if open, as was the case on the arrival of the
      > rebels, the owners were compelled to part with their goods to the soldiers,
      > who paid them in Confederate scrip for shoes and clothing, after exhausting
      > a supply of green-backs which they had taken from wounded and dead Union
      > soldiers on the late field of Bull Run.
      > On the evening of Saturday, the 9th inst., an attempt was made to sack
      > the Examiner newspaper office in Frederick. The office was threatened at an
      > early hour in the afternoon, and one of the Editors applied to the Mayor of
      > the city for protection. A guard of rebel soldiers were detailed by the
      > acting provost marshal for that purpose, but at about 10 o'clock, the guard,
      > with other rebels and some citizens, broke open the office and demolished
      > everything on the lower floor. They then made an attempt to get up stairs
      > with the view of demolishing the presses, type, &c., but the Mayor
      > interceded with Gen. Lee, and a large guard proceeded to the building and
      > arrested the ringleader, thereby restoring order.
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