HDQRS. NORTHEASTERN DIST. OF MISSOURI, Numbers 39.
Warrenton, Mo., December 13, 1862.
notice, left upon the premises of Mr. John H. Holdsworth, a loyal
citizen of Monroe County, Missouri, has been brought to the notice of
the general commanding:
SIR: You are
hereby informed that the Monroe Country Avengers have determined that
you must this county before January 1, 1863, if you would save your
property from the flames.
approval of Lincoln's hell-born proclamation, and voting for those that
were in favor of it, have determined us to make you quit the county. If
but one of us is left, it will be carried out.
Such threats as
this can only be executed by the connivance and with the consent of the
disloyal of Monroe County. These disloyal persons are warned that if
they again bring about insurrection, violence, and bloodshed in Monroe
County, now quiet, that none of them will be spared. If they remain
quietly attending to their legitimate business, they will be protected
in their persons and property.
The time has
passed when such acts as here threatened can be even palliated by
disloyal sentiments, and any repetition of them will be punished with
the utmost rigor of a severe code.
neighbors of John Holdsworth will be held in person and property
responsible that no harm comes to him or his property: John Forsyth,
David Wooldridge, John Vaughan, Gilmore, Gonell, Beauchamp, Hiram
Powell, Jacob Cox, William Bridgeford, and Charles Browning .
these men desire to live in the peaceful and quiet enjoyment of their
property, let them see to it that the said John H. Holdsworth is
permitted to do the same.
By order of
GEO. M. HOUSTON,
Major and Aide-de-Camp.
troops in the District of Eastern Arkansas, Brigadier General Willis A.
Gorman commanding, December 13, 1862.*
P. J. OSTERHAUS.
J. M. THAYER.
Colonel - -.
* As announced in
General Orders, Nos. 11 and 13, District Headquarters, December 12 and
13. The assignment of batteries not