Sunday, May 5, 2013

Affairs at St. Louis -- Vigorous Measures of Gen. Halleck

ST. LOUIS, Jan. 24. – Several of the Secessionists of this city who were recently assessed for the benefit of the South western fugitives by order of Gen. Halleck, having failed to pay their assessments, their property has been seized within a day or two past, under execution to satisfy the assessment with 25 per cent additional, according to General Order No. 24.

Samuel Eugler a prominent merchant and one of the assessed had a writ replevin  served on the Provost Marshal General for property seized from him, whereupon he and his Attorney, Nathaniel Cox, were arrested and lodged in the military prison.  To-day Gen. Halleck issued an order directing the Provost Marshal General to send the said Eugler beyond the limits of the department of Missouri and notify him not to return without permission from the Commanding General, under the penalty of being punished according to the laws of war.  Gen. Halleck also adds: Martial Law having been declared in this city by authority of the President of the United States all civil authorities of whatsoever name or office are hereby notified that any attempt on their part to interfere with the execution of any order served from these head quarters or impede, molest or trouble any officer duly appointed to carry such order into effect, will be regarded as a military offense and punished accordingly.  The Provost Marshal General will arrest each and every person of whatever rank or office, who attempts in any way to prevent or interfere with the execution of any order issued from these Head Quarters.  He will call upon the Commanding Officer of the Department of St. Louis for any military assistance he may require.

– Published in The Burlington Weekly Hawk-Eye, Burlington, Iowa, Saturday, February 1, 1862, p. 4

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