Goodrich, W.L. Captain and A.A. General to Major General E.O.C. Ord. DS signed on Ord's behalf, 1p, 7.625 x 10 in., "By Telegraph from Richmond, Va." April 16, 1865. Addressed to "Captain L.L. Langdon, 1st Artillery USA 25th Army Corps Chief of Artillery."
Dispatch of an order from General Ulysses S. Grant sent directly to Langdon regarding "depredations" committed by enlisted men, "both Black & White Cavalry," following the death of President Lincoln. Some troops exercised their anger over the assassination by terrorizing the civilian population of Petersburg, VA, and Grant's orders outline specific consequences for their actions: ". . . any persons found outraging private houses or plundering persons [shall be] summarily Shot." Langdon must also "make [his] men rebuild fences destroyed. . . return horses, mules, etc."
Creasing as expected, with some foxing and minor loss at bottom third of document, inconsequential to legibility.
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