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Major-General Henry Wager Halleck, General Order 32, Department of Missouri, December 22, 1861

Henry Wager Halleck, detail
Two days before, in a concerted attempt to disrupt Union supply lines, Confederate forces and local insurgents had assembled to destroy track, trestles, depots, water tanks, telegraph lines and bridges on the North Missouri Railroad. In a single blow, railroad communications over a hundred miles between Hudson and Warrenton, Missouri were cut. The response of the commander of the Department of Missouri, Major-General Henry Wager Halleck, was to order the summary execution of all caught in the act of railroad sabotage, and direct that local communities and their citizens be held accountable for costs and repairs. Local slave owners were to provide their slaves for labor in reconstructing track and telegraph lines. (By John Osborne)

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