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Date Posted: 23:38:50 01/31/07 Wed
Author: Doug Cooper
Subject: CS stragglers preying on civilians

Besides the plague of Banks' Army on the civilian population, CS cavalry stragglers added to their plight. This from "In the Saddle with the Texans" Day-by-Day with Parson's Cavalry Brigade 1862-1865 (see website reading list).

Head quarters Wharton's Cav Corps
In the field May 24th, 1864

Complaints from citizens and Dist Head quarters are continually made to these Head quarters of the depredations committed throughout the country by stragglers from the Cavalry. This evil must be corrected at once, Division Commanders will through Division and Brigade Provost Guards and by detail under good officers for this purpose have the county patrolled. All men absent without leave, will be taken to their respective 'Div Head qtrs' where they will be dismounted, the men sent to Div Head qtrs for assignment to the infantry or such other dispositions as it is deemed best should be made....

These stragglers pillage & destroy the sunstinence of the people while their brave comrades, are in the front battling with the Enemy. A few bad men of this kind blast the reputation for gallantry and discipline that Regts' Brigs' and Divs' establish by their soldierly conduct-They are a disgrace to their comrades, and each private in the ranks who does his duty, should feel an interest in seeing them brought to justice.

(signed) Maj Gen John A. Wharton
Official (signed) F.B. Lubbock
Lieut Col and A.A.G.
L.W. Moore A.A.G
J.M. Brandon A.A.G

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