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Major-General Mansfield Lovell, General Order 17, May 3, 1862

Mansfield Lovell, detail
The week before, Confederate Secretary of War George Randolph had sent to message to Major General Mansfield Lovell in Louisiana that it had been decided to "burn all the cotton and tobacco, whether foreign or our own, to prevent it from falling into the hands of the enemy." Mansfield gave the order in a stirringly patriotic message that clearly identified the conflict as an "abolition war" and referenced Union moves against slavery in the Border States. (By John Osborne)


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