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George F. Shepley, Orders for the Occupation of Richmond, Virginia, April 1865

George Foster Shepley, detail
Brigadier-General George Foster Shepley was a Harvard law graduate who had enlisted in the Union army in 1861. He had significant prior experience as a military governor, having served his friend General Benjamin Butler as acting mayor of New Orleans and military governor of the Louisiana parishes in 1862 and 1863. He was appointed military governor of Richmond in early April 1865 with the city in a dangerous condition, fires and civilian rioting and looting had broken out around the city as the Confederate forces and their government withdrew. Hoisting the same Union flag he had flown over New Orleans on the roof of the former Confederate capitol building, he moved quickly to bring the damage under control. His first orders were simple, clear, and typical of the time. (By John Osborne)

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