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This Day in Georgia History

August 12, 1864

Confederates Ordered Not to Seize Private Property

From his headquarters near Atlanta, Confederate commander John B. Hood issued General Field Order No. 14 threatening penalties up to execution for “lawless seizure and destruction of private property by straggling soldiers in the rear and on the flanks of this army.” In particular, Hood’s order noted actions by members of Confederate cavalry in illegally seizing horses from private citizens.