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GENERAL ORDERS

HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

No. 65.

New Orleans, August 31, 1863.

1. The Court of the city of New Orleans, styled the “ Provost Court,” exercising the functions of a Military Court, and assuming jurisdiction over the persons of officers and soldiers of the United States, Judge Hughes, presiding, not having been established or recognized by the military anthorities of this Department, and rot being consistent with the proper government of the army, nor conducted according to the principle of military law, is hereby abolished.

II. The Provost Marshal General is hereby directed to take possession forthwith of the records of said Court, and to retain them in safe custody until further orders. He will, by himself or his deputies, dispose of all cases of arrest existing upon the receipt of this order, and take such measures as may be necessary to maintain the public peace.

III. Any officer or soldier of the army of the United States charged with any offense against the law or the public peace, and any other person charged with the violation of military orders, will, when arrested, be held for trial and sentence before the Military Court established by General Orders No. 45, unless otherwise ordered.

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GENERAL ORDERS

HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF.

No. 66.

New Orleans, September 3, 1803.

I. The trade of the city of New Orleans with Cairo, St. Louis and the cities and towns of the Upper Mississippi, the Missouri and Ohio rivers, is hereby declared free from any military restriction whatever. The trade of the Mississippi at intermediate points within the Department of the Gulf, is held subject only to such limitations as may be necessary to prevent the supply of provisions and munitions of war to the enemies of the country.

II. The products of the country intended for general market may be brought into the military posts on the line of the Vississippi, within the Department of the Gulf, without restraint, viz: at New Orleans, Carrollton, Donaldsonville, Baton Rouge and Port Hudson.

III. Officers and soldiers of the army are hereby directed to transfer to the Honorable B. F. Flanders, Agent of the Treasury Department of the United States, or his Deputies, taking receipts therefor, all captured, abandoned or sequestrated property not required for military purposes, in accordance with General Orders No. 88 of the Department of War.

IV. The Military Court of this Department is hereby invested with exclusive jurisdiction in all cases of extortion, excessive or unreasonable charges, or unjust treatment of officers and soldiers of the United States Army by proprietors or agents of steamboats or other vessels in the navigation of the Mississippi or the Gulf; and upon conviction of any of the offenses herein described, the offender shall be held liable to fine, imprisonment, or confiscation of property.

BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL BANKS :

G. NORMAN LIEBER,

Acting Assistant Adjutant General.

OFFICIAL:

Acting Assistant Adjutant General.

Military Commission.

GENERAL ORDERS

HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

No. 67.

New Orleans, September 10, 1863.

I. Before a General Court Martial convened at New Orleans, Louisiana, pursuant to Special Orders No. 184, current series, from these Headquarters, and of which Brigadier General WILLIAM VANDEVER is President, was arraigned and tried :

Colonel Joseph S. Morgan, 90th Regiment New York Volunteers.

CHARGE FIRST.

Misbehavior before the Enemy.SPECIFICATION 1st—" In this, that he, Colonel Joseph S. Morgan, 90th Regiment New York Volunteers, while in command of the 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 19th Corps, in face of the enemy, having been placed in position on advance guard by his superior officer, Colonel H. W. Birge, temporarily commanding the 4th Division, and having been ordered by his said superior officer to hold that position, did, without just cause, fail to obey said order, and did shamefully abandon his post or position, thereby exposing the advance guard on the other side of the Bayon Lafourche to a destructive cross fire from the ground he was ordered to cover. This on the Bayou Lafourche, near Donaldsonville, Louisiana, on or about the 13th day of July, 1863.”

SPECIFICATION 20 “ In this, that he, Colonel Joseph S. Morgan, 90th Regiment New York Volunteers, while in command of the 1st Brigade, 4th Division, 19th Corps, in face of the enemy, when unnecessarily abandoning a position which he was ordered by his superior officer to hold, and ground he was ordered to cover, did neglect and fail to call in his skirmishers, thereby shamefully abandoning them to capture by the enemy. This on the Bayou Lafourche, near Donaldsonvillə, La., on or about the 13th day of July, 1863."

CHARGE SECOND.

Drunkenness on Duly.SPECIFICATION---- In this, that he, Colonel Joseph S. Morgan, 90th Regiment New York Volunteers, while in command of the 1st Brigade, 1th Division, 19th Corps, in face of the enemy, did become so drunk as to be utterly unfit for duty, thereby exposing bis command to disaster, and disgracing his position before his whole

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