Cambria Guards – U.S. Army General Orders No’s 19 & 20 – 1847

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Printed document from HQ 1847 sent to Captain Murray, of the Penn, Cambria Guards.

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This printed document dated February 18 and 19, 1847 has General Orders 19 & 20 from Army Head Quarters, Tampico, Mexico, listing the names of officers acting as ADC and staff, and signed by H.L. Scott, AAAG.

General Orders No. 20, dealt with Martial Law, and how soldiers were to conduct themselves.  Penalties for rape, murder, etc. of civilian and what treatment the soldier would receive for crimes committed.  Paragragh  1.  established rules and articles for the government of the armies of the United States,,,,etc. Paragraph 2 of GO No 20 stated, “Assassinations, murder, malicious stabbings or maiming, rape, malicious assault and battery, robbery, theft, the wanton desecration of churches, cemeteries or other religious edifices and fixtures, and the destruction, except by order of a superior officer, of public or private property, are such offenses.”  This order is signed by AAAG Scott as well.

Henry Lee Scott (1814- 1886) was a USMA graduate, and career army officer, and was ADC to his Father-in-law General Winfield Scott.  He served in the Civil War and was colonel and Inspector General of the Army in 1861, resigning in 1862, brevetted for Brigadier General in 1865.

This General Order was sent to Capt. James Murray of the Cambria Guards, Penn. Volunteers.

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Weight .5 lbs