May 1862 Order - Confederate General Benjamin Huger Orders Brigade Commanders to Prevent Straggling - Peninsula Campaign - Petersburg

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May 1862 Order - Confederate General Benjamin Huger Orders Brigade Commanders to Prevent Straggling - Peninsula Campaign - Petersburg

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Item No. 1458809

A very interesting May 15, 1862 Confederate order signed by Lieutenant Colonel Samuel S. Anderson, adjutant general on the staff of Major General Benjamin Huger. The division under Huger had been defending Norfolk up to that point, but the fall of Roanoke Island earlier in the year, as well as McClellan’s recent advance up the Virginia Peninsula, led to Huger’s withdrawal west to Petersburg. The department was renamed the Department of the Appomattox on May 13. Conditions were rapidly changing as Confederate troops, including Huger’s men, were hurried north to meet McClellan’s threat. The movement required strict discipline and obedience of orders in order to prevent the men from straggling or wandering from camps and this order, General Order No. 34, was issued. This copy is marked as being sent to the 1st Brigade (Colston’s). It reads:

Head Qurs. Dept. of Appomattox
Petersburg, May 15th 1862

General Orders
No. 34

All Commanders are required to keep their men in camp ready to move at a moments warning. The straggling of men into town must be stopped.

The Commanders of Brigades and regiments will see that this order is strictly obeyed.

By Command of Maj. Gen. Huger
S. S. Anderson
Asst. Adjt. Genl

For:
Head Quarters
1st Brigade

The order is docketed on the reverse. It was written on a stationery sheet measuring about 8” x 9 3/4”. It is in excellent condition with very few signs of age or wear. There is a rough edge on the left margin where this sheet was removed from its twin, but very little toning, foxing, or damage to be seen. It is creased where originally folded.

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