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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

of the penalties which may be incurred by them the
following is published.

1st Acts or words done or spoken by any officer,
soldier or citizen remaining in the camp at Galveston
or vicinity inciting mutiny or encouraging disaffection
giving aid and comfort to the enemy, and to demor-
alize our soldiers and to injure our cause. Any
person committing such acts or expressing such sen-
timents lays himself liable to be tried by a General
Court Martial for inciting mutiny (a capital offence)
and for conduct prejudicial to good order and mili-
tary discipline.

2nd The utterance of any expressions tending to
discourage others, or to lessen their confidence in our
ultimate success, is subversive of good order and military
discipline. None but traitors could utter such sentiments
or try to disseminate them, and any person guilty of
such a crime must expect to suffer according to its

Persons remaining not conforming to the rules
and regulations of the camp, will be sent from the
Island, as the least punishment which can be in-
flicted upon them.

The difficulty of procuring provisions, wood and
water, and the dangers of attack render it very desirable
that all the citizens, if it were possible, should leave
the Island, and the danger to which we are exposed
renders it absolutely necessary that wise measures should

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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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