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Union provost marshal's file of papers relating to individual civilians

Manuscript/Manuscript on Film
English
Washington, D.C. : National Archives & Records Administration, 1966
300 microfilm reels ; 16 mm.
National Archives microfilm publications; M0345

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United States Union Provost Marshal Files of Individual Civilians are available online, click here.

Microfilm of original records in The National Archives, Washington, D.C.

In this ..."microfilm publication are reproduced a series of documents dated 1861-1866, each of which pertains to one civilian"--Introd.

"The provost marshals who served in territorial commands, armies, and Army corps were military police. They sought out and arrested deserters, Confederate spies, and civilians suspected of disloyalty, investigated the theft of government property, controlled the passage of civilians in military zones and those using government transport- ation; confined prisoners; and maintained records of paroles and oaths of allegiance. Provost courts were established in some territorial commands to try cases involving civilian violators of military orders, the laws of war, and other offenses arising under the military jurisdiction. They also tried cases involving military personnel accused of civil crimes"--Introd.

"The documents here reproduced relate to civilians, or 'citizens,' as they were called during the Civil War, who came in contact with the Army. They include correspondence, provost court papers, lists of transportation permits, and claims for compensation for property used or destroyed by military forces"--Introd.

The documents ..."reproduced in this microcopy are arranged alphabetically by name of the civilian concerned. Documents relating to different persons with the same name are often intermingled. The name of the subject person is usually underscored on the back or in the body of the document"--Introd.

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