Manuscripts Collection
Louisiana Division
New Orleans Public Library

United States. Army. 5th Military District.
General and Special Orders, 1867-1868 [MS-190]

In March 1867 Congress passed the Reconstruction Acts which, among many other things, divided the South into military districts. The Acts placed Louisiana and Texas in the Fifth Military District under the command of General Philip Sheridan.

The general orders were published in two volumes, one for 1867 and the other for 1868. Each order is "signed" by the Assistant Adjutant General and also carries the actual signature of a second, usually inferior, officer. Many of the orders deal with courts martial, giving the name, charge, plea, finding, sentence, and additional comments for each individual defendant. Other orders deal with military personnel matters (transfers, changes in command, etc.) and various matters concerning the military and/or the civilian population. The 1868 volume includes an index to the names appearing in the orders for that year.

The special orders also were published in two volumes as above. Each order is "signed" by the Assistant Adjutant General and also carries the actual signature of a second, usually inferior, officer. Most of the orders deal with military and civilian transfers and appointments. Other orders deal with reports of election returns, proceedings of "Field Courts," and various other matters of concern to the military and/or the civilian population. The 1868 volume includes an index to the names appearing in the orders for that year.

We have housed these volumes with the Manuscript Collection because of the very poor condition of their bindings. The constituent pages of each volume, however, are in excellent condition.

The documents were donated by the Law Library of Louisiana in 2003.


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