Lest We Forget - African American Military History by Researcher, 
				Author and Veteran Bennie McRae, Jr.



Richmond, Va., April 5, 1865.

By command of Maj. Gen. Godfrey Weitzel the following rules, regulations, and orders are established for the government of the city of Richmond and the preservation of public peace and order:

I. Lieut. Col. John Coughlin, Tenth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers, provost-marshal-general of the Department of Virginia, headquarters at the custom-house building, will issue orders in relation to the general and special duties of the provost-marshal within the department. He will have the entire supervision of all permits and licenses for trade and admission into Richmond of the supplies for the army and destitute families.

II. Loyal persons, until further orders, will be allowed to bring to Richmond, under such regulations as he may establish, provisions of all kinds necessary for the above uses.

III. Lieut. Col. Frederick L. Manning, One hundred and forty-eighth Regiment New York Volunteers, provost.marshal-general, Army of the James, headquarters in the capitol building, will have general charge of all provost duty pertaining to the armies in and about Richmond.

IV. Bvt. Brig. Gen. Edward H. Ripley, U.S. Volunteers, is hereby placed in command of all the troops doing provost or guard duty in the city of Richmond. All details of provost and other guards and orderlies will be made by him. District provost-marshals hereinafter designated will report to him: For the First District, Lieut. Col. Normand Smith, commanding Thirteenth Regiment New Hampshire Volunteers; for the Second District, Lieut. Col. W. Kreutzer, commanding Ninety-eighth New York Volunteers; for the Third District, Maj. Theodore Miller, commanding One hundred and thirty-ninth New York Volunteers; for the Fourth District, Maj. Charles Warren, commanding Eleventh Regiment Connecticut Volunteers. Each provost-marshal of a district will be held accountable for the preservation of the public peace and of good order in his district. They will open books of registry in their respective districts, in which each white male inhabitant will register his name, age, residence, and occupation. They will also administer the oath of allegiance to all persons desiring to take it in their districts and keep a registry of the same. The provost-marshal-general of the department will issue such orders as are necessary to carry out the details of the above order.

V. Arrangements have been made to secure a continuous supply of water and gas as soon as the public works can be repaired and put in operation. Capt. H. B. Blood, chief quartermaster Twenty-fifth Army Corps, will furnish the labor and material necessary for the purpose.

VI. All officers of the fire department will report immediately to Brevet Brigadier-General Ripley, who will give the necessary orders to perfect the organization and render it efficient.

VII. A commission is being constituted for the relief of destitute families in the city of Richmond. This commission will fully investigate the wants of those applying for aid and decide upon the legitimacy of the claims in each case. Lieut. Col. Dexter E. Clapp, Thirty-eighth Regiment U.S. Colored Troops, with two prominent citizens of Richmond to be hereafter designated by the commanding general, will constitute this commission. Lieutenant-Colonel Clapp will report to the military governor for instructions.

VIII. All loyal persons may keep open public hotels and restaurants, under licenses granted and restrictions imposed by the provost-marshal-general of the department. All bar rooms and all places of any description whatever for the sale of intoxicating drinks will be closed, and any person who shall sell or give away any intoxicating liquor to any enlisted man of the armies of the United States will be summarily punished by fine and imprisonment and confiscation of his property.

IX. A military commission has been established, of which Colonel Wooster, Twenty-ninth Connecticut Volunteers, is president, for the trial of aggravated offenses. Suitable tribunals for the prompt punishment of minor offenses against the public peace will be constituted and announced in future orders.

X. The progress of the conflagration, which before the advent of the Federal troops threatened and was intended to involve the whole city in destruction, having been arrested and the restoration of peace and good order having succeeded the reign of anarchy which then prevailed, the efforts of all well-disposed citizens of Richmond are respectfully invoked in aid of the exertions of the military authorities to restore as far as possible to the city of Richmond its peace and prosperity.


Brig. Gen., U. S. Vols., Military Governor of Richmond.

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Category: Civil War | Subcategory: Correspondence | Tags: Virginia
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