WHEELER'S CS CAVALRY - DESERTER GUIDELINES, GENERAL ORDER NO. 4

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Dated "Head Quarters, Wheeler's Cavalry Corps, March 17th, 1863. By Maj. Gen. Jos. Wheeler/ D.G. Reed, A.A." Printed order measuring 10.25 x 2.5", matted in white, mounted in a scalloped gilt-frame measuring 16.375 x 8.375", w/small brass plaque: "Rebel deserter guidelines/ March 14, 1863." The order contains ten roman numeraled elements, the first three reading as follows: "I. Hereafter five (5) roll calls will be held each day, whether in camp or on the march. III. [printed out of order]Any enlisted man absent from three consecutive roll calls, without written permission from his Brigade commander or other competent authority, will be considered a deserter. II Any enlisted man, found one mile from camp, without written permission from his Brigade commander or other competent authority, will be considered a deserter." Concerning officers: "VII. Any officer of any grade whatever, who absents himself from his command, for three Roll calls in one day without leave, will be arrested by his immediate commander, who will send written charges ag;inast Him, through the proper channels to these Headquarters."

Condition: The general order printing is yellowed and foxed, but entirely legible.

Gen. Wheeler was a prominent western theater Confederate cavalry commander who was later reinstated to U.S. service, serving as a major general in Cuba during the Spanish-American War. Desertion was a serious problem for any rebel cavalry commander, from beginning to end. This general order was written in the period between the Battle of Murfreesboro and the Sieges of Port Hudson and Vicksburg. Scarce. A superb cavalry collectible.

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