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Special Orders Regarding Galveston, issued by Henry McCulloch, August 28, 1863

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Special Orders for the occuptation of Galveston by Henry McCulloch, August 1863

Eastern Military Sub Dist. of Texas.
Galveston August 28th 1863.

Special Orders

The fortifications at this place
being nearly completed, and the line of circumvallation
drawn, Virginia Point, the bridge, Eagle Grove, and
intermediate points to Galveston[,] Galveston itself, and
the surrounding waters, Pelican Spit, Bolivar Channel,
and the Beach to the West End of the Island being all
now occupied by troops, and the whole being in presence
and sight of the enemy who may attack at any time,
I hereby announce that the City of Galveston and
vicinity are entrenched camps, surrounded on all sides
by my lines, and that all persons living within these
lines will be subject to the rules and regulations estab-
lished or to be established for the security and welfare
of such camps, and will be punished according to
military law for any infraction of the same. Persons
not wishing to subject themselves to such rules and
regulations will leave the Island at once. All persons
whether citizens or foreigners, remaining in the City or on
the Island after the 10th of September next will be
looked upon as followers of the camp, and will except
foreign Consuls, be subject to be tried by General and
Garrison Court Martial for any infraction of the mil-
itary law of good order.

In order to inform the citizens who may remain

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Special Orders Regarding Galveston, issued by Henry McCulloch, August 28, 1863. Records of Governor Francis R. Lubbock.

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