Most burials of Civil War dead were undocumented before the efforts of the US Sanitary Commission to prevent such tragedies. An original Civil War US War Dept Order issued at Washington, DC, April 3, 1862 to Commanding Generals to secure the decent internment of those who fall in battle by laying off lots in a suitable spot near each battlefield and to cause the remains of those killed to be interred with numbered head-boards, and where practicable, the names of the persons buried.1p 8 x 5 ptd. 2 punch holes in left margin, overall VG. General & Special Orders were issued to communicate commands and information to the Army. Each order, issued in writing by a command, was then printed for distribution to each unit, either at an army department headquarter or by commanders at local headquarters, sometimes in the field on portable printing presses. The orders were then issued to regiments, often to be read aloud to the troops. General Orders were printed as issued with date & location; at the end of a year the regimental adjutant might retain them loose or simply string bind them by punching holes and stringing on ¼" red cloth string tape (the source of the old expression "government red tape). Sometimes an officer or HQ clerk might take a group of orders to a local print shop or bookbinder and have an accumulation bound with leather or cloth covers. Usually, American Military Orders of the 19. Century including Civil War era were printed on an 8 x 5 sheet of quality rag paper.
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