part 2, 403. On Dec. 13, 12:30 A. M., Dickey telegraphed to Rawlins. "Order to start East this morning just recd will move today to some point near Paris I did expect written specific instructions & a map to have been sent me I would be glad to receive them tonight Lt Dickey has not yet arrived" Telegram received, DNA, RG 393, Dept. of the Tenn., Telegrams Received.
Hd. Qrs 13th Army Corps
Dept. of the Tennessee
In Field, Oxford, Miss, Dec 12th 1862.
SPECIAL FIELD ORDERS No 21
1. Distress and all most famine having been brought on many of the inhabitants of Mississippi by the march of the two Armies through the land, and humanity dictating that in a land of plenty no one should suffer the pangs of hunger, the General Commanding directs that the following provision shall be made at all Military Posts within this State.
1st. At each Post one or more loyal persons will be authorized to keep for Sale, provisions and absolute necessities for family use, nothing will be sold except on permits granted by the Commanding Officers of Posts, and no permits will be granted for a greater amount of any one Article than the Commander may believe is necessary for the family of the purchaser
2d. A fund may be created at each post to supply the necessaries of destitute families, gratis, either by levying contributions upon those disloyal persons who are able to pay, taxing Cotton brought to their posts for sale or in any other equitable way.
3d. All contributions so collected will be expended by the Post Commissary on the order of the Commanding Officer and the accounts will be kept seperate from all other accounts.
4th. The Commanding Officers of Posts will require all ac