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Another Order From General Burnside

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IIeadquarters, Dep'tof the Oiiio, ) Ci.vci.vnati, 0., Jime 8, 1803. ) GENERAL ORDERS NO. 90. The Ganerul comrnanding direct hut General N. C. McLean, Provosi Vlarshal General, at once institute an nvestigation into the cases of all citi.en prisoners now cnnfined in this deDartmeut, and in all sueh cases as do ïot clearly show a premeditated disoyalty on the part of the accused, or when a de.sire is manifestad to átono 'or past faults by future good conduct,' he prisoners wiil be relcaaed on taking he oath of iHe2;iance iind giving bonds or a strict observance thereoi, Tho Jeneral eoramanding is convinced that i kirge rnajority of the men arrestad lave been misled by dishonest and designing politiciaus, and he prefers to1 strike at tho source of the evil, and alov those wbo have been led astray to return to their loyalty and allegiance, f they have seea the folly and sin of pposing the government. The United States is striving to -put down a rebellion unparalled in hitory,equires that every man at home or in .he field shall each in his sphere be enisted in the cause. The necessity deuands a sacrifice from all. In respon-ding to this cali, the devotion of the citizen soldier stands foremost, and his sacritíce is the greatest. He gives up' iil that is dear to theitizen - hishome, lis freedom of speech and action, the prospect of gain, ind of'ten ffives his ife. He exacta no ooniliiion?. but surronders himsulf wholly to his country, as represented by the constituted au-.horities placed over him. But vvhile ha thus yields up his civil ighta ao entircly to his country, he is none the less a citizan ; he waive-i them tempornrily to give greatar efficiency to his effoi'te, and looks forward to the' time when, the authority o{ tho governraent restorod, ho shall again exercise the rights he has patriotically laid down. While the duties of a citUen are of a mure peaceíul and leas exacting charao-. ter,he is none the less a soldier, aud it hocomas hitn to appreoiate tho grandeur and the entireness of the devotion, of his brethren in the field, and to reinember that he too has sacrifioes to.make; but the countrv's domand upon hirn is comparalively but mail. The country require from hirn no physical sacrifice, no personal hardships, it merely asks that he shall imitate the loyal example of the eoldiers in the field, 80 far as to abate somewhat of that freedom of speech whioh they givo up so entirely. The citizen would be unjnst to the soldier, as weil as unfaithful to his country, if, while eDJoy. ing tho comforts of home, he were willing to give up a portion of a privilege wbich the soldier resigns altogethor. Ttiat freedom of disjussion and criticisin which is proper in the' politician and journtilist in time of peaoe, becomes rank . treason when it tetids (o wenken the confidence of the soldier in his officera and his goyern ment. When this insidious treason, atriting at thevery roots of that militarv power, which is for the time being the country 'b prateoiion, iimkus its appearance, il is tho bounden duty of the commanding General to expel it Irorry his lirïéa, with a heavier hand th. n he would drive f rom hu c'.inip thu villain wlio would scatter a material poison, that would enorvalo v.nd decursiUe hia soldinrs. ïhe General commanding desires to again cali attoniion ol the oificers, Provost Marshals nnd others) in authori:y, to the neccssiiy of great care in making of arrests, which should in all instanoes be í'or.nded on foll affidayits suataining distinct charges except when the esiííencit's oí ihü caso deinand in Stoot ac.tion Carulessncss in tlii.s re. speet is onlv lesa censurable thun neo?ligenee in tho detectjoo and punishment of eritne, With the exerciseoi scupulous oar-o and sound discretion on the part of offieor, :'.nd a candid oonsideralion on tho pavt ot all oitizens, of' the reln tions of lIio peojile and tho anny ta euoh oí her as ahovc set forth, the General commanding is full of hope that mutual co-operation in putting dowrt tho rebellion will become moro heartv and effective, the neecssity for arres's wíll be diminishnl, am.l the tendeiuyY to factioiis rpptmilkvn to the gover n-. ment, a..d hurtful critioism of its measrare, bo removed. Bv comunuid of Major General BUIINSTDE, . LEWIS BIOHJÍOND, Lt. Col. and jVstt. Adjt.-Gcn. . Ofiicial : V.r. P. A.ndersov, Ass't Adj't Geueral,


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