Submitted by James M. Burton
The New-York Times.
Gen. Grant has adopted vigorous measures with the newspapers of Memphis, as the following document shows:
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT WESTERN TENNESSEE,
Messts, Wills, Bingham & Co, Proprietors of the Memphis Avalanche:
You will suspend the further publication of your paper. The spirit with which it is conducted is regarded as both incendiary and treasonable, ? ? issue cannot longer be tolerated.
This order will be strictly observed from the time of its
MEMPHIS, July 1,
The Avalanche can continue, by the withdrawal of the author of the obnoxious article under the caption of "Mischief Makers," and the editorial ? ? the same. U. S. Grant, Major-General
The Avalanche of July 3 published the above documents, with the appended note:
" TO OUR PATRONS."
"For reasons apparent from the foregoing order, I withdraw from the editorial management of the Avalanche. Self-respect, and the spirit of true journalism, forbid any longer any attempt to edit a paper. I approved and indorsed the articles in question. Prudence forbids my saying more, and duly l, to the public." JEPTHA FOWLKES.
Previously the Appeal had been put under ? as the following standing notice at the head of its editorial columns shows:
HEADQUARTERS U. S. FORCES,
No newspaper will be
permitted to be published within this District, unless the editors and
proprietors thereof shall first take an oath that they will ? ? allegiance
to the Government of the United States of America, and that they will
support the Constitution and laws thereof, and disclaim or renounce all
allegiance to the so-called Confederate States. Local Provost Marshals
will see that the order is strictly enforced. Wm S. Hillyer
The Appeal says: " Under the title of the News Times M, Walsen & Parlman are about establishing a new German paper in Memphis. Adopted, " Talon first, Union second, ? ? see time." We trust the paper will succeed, w it only is some measure to repay the senior editor for the persecutions he was subjected to in Memphis."
NO FALSE RUMORS TO BE CIRCULATED.
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE,
The circulation of unfounded rumors through the city, now so prevalent, being calculated to create uneasiness and fear in the minds of citizens, will hereafter be prohibited. The Provost Marshal will in such cases arrest the parties guilty of violating this order, and place them outside our lines, with directions to treat them as spies, if ever taken within there hereafter.
In all cases where parties are placed outside the
lines, under this order, an accurate description of the person will be
recorded in the Provost Marshal's office.
TREATMENT OF GUERRILLAS.
HEADQUARTERS DISTRICT OF WEST TENN.,
The system of guerrilla warfare now being prosecuted by some troops organized under authority of the so-called Southern Confederacy, and others without such authority, being so pernicious to the welfare of the community where it is carried on, and it being within the power of the community to suppress this system, it is ordered that whatever loss is sustained by the Government, collections shall be made, by seizure of a sufficient amount of personal property, from persons in the immediate neighborhood sympathizing with the rebellion, to remunerate the Government for all loss and expense.
Persons acting as guerrillas, without organization,
and without uniforms to distinguish them from private citizens, are not
entitled to the treatment of prisoners of war when caught, and will not
receive such treatment.
ADJUSTMENT OF CLAIMS AGAINST THE GOVERNMENT.
HEADQUARTERS BOARD OF CLAIMS,
The Board of Claims submits the following rules for the
government of parties asking relief and contesting claims.
RECRUITING FOR THE NATIONAL SERVICE
An artillery company is organizing in Memphis, and 110 men have already joined and been sent to Nashville. The Bulletin says on the subject:
" We learn that 15,000 soldiers will be raised in
Tennessee, for the suppression of guerrillas and home traitors. Five
thousand will be assigned to each division of the State. Several of the most
popular and experienced men in the State are at the head of this most
excellent movement. A similar movement would do great in Kentucky. No doubt
a much larger proportion of the Union men of this State than those of
Tennessee have gone into the Union armies, but there are still loyal men
enough at home to put down guerrilla bands, if they will openly organize for
the purpose. And we know not how they could, well do a better thing.
I accept the above appointment that I may have an opportunity of wiping out the stain that lies on my very soul in taking part in this unholy rebellion. My friends will bear me out in saying that I have done nothing but my duty. Every one remembers the horrible treatment I received from Jailor Jackson and his mob on the public streets of Memphis, in broad daylight, and dare not open my mouth to inquire why I was so maltreated. In a few days the history of my sufferings, with that of others, will appear before the public. No man, poor or rich, but will acknowledge that I have been badly treated for no reason whatever. I call upon all oppressed to rally to support of that Government which always protects its subjects alike, let them be poor or rich, of native or foreign birth: let us return to our allegiance with a determination never be wrong, by word or deed, that noble country, which is now like a kind and indulgent parent, with hands stretched forth to receive and forgive his offending children."
TREATMENT OF THE REBELS IN TENNESSEE
The undersigned, in assuming command of this post, orders that all officers and soldiers under his command shall pay due respect to all persons and property, any violation of which will call for severe and immediate punishment. But, whilst affording all protection to the persons and property of those living within this military district, he also requires the observance on their part of neutrality, and peaceful performance of their civil duties.
Any person found in an attempt to destroy or molest, in any manner, the railroad or turnpike bridges, telegraph wires or Government trains, between the City of Nashville and Columbia will be shot down as public marauders, unauthorized by the customs of civilized warfare; and should such acts be accomplished without the discovery of the persons implicated, parties or towns in the neighborhood will be held responsible in persons and moneys for all damage.
The Town of Franklin and County of Williamson, being now under the control of its lawful and original Government, all laws or ordinance contrary to the Constitution of the United States will be null and void, and all persons acting in any official capacity are required to subscribe to an oath of allegiance.
The proper Government has resumed its control, which was usurped by its own citizens, and those who are antagonistical to it must seek the protection of those to whom they profess to owe allegiance: two Governments cannot exist in harmony with each other in the same place.
Merchants and traders will be allowed to trade in their respective neighborhoods for all customary articles of traffic, but no trade or commerce will be allowed with persons outside of the district, except by those who have subscribed to the oath.
Returned officers and soldiers of the rebel army, coming
voluntarily, subscribing to the oath and giving bond for its proper
fulfillment, will not be molested, but if arrested, accreting themselves,
they will be treated as prisoners of war, subject to such punishment as may
be ordered by the Commanding General.
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