Order Number 9

General Order No. 9

Head Quarters District of the Border
Kansas City, Mo., August 18, 1863

I. Lieut. Col. Walter King, 4th Regiment. M.S.M., will, as often as necessary, visit the several military stations in that part of Missouri included in the District, and ascertain what negroes are there who desire escort out of Missouri, and were the slaves of persons who, since the 17th day of July 1862, have been engaged in the rebellion, or have in any way given aid or comfort thereto. He will make and certify a list of all such negroes at each of station, and of the persons by whom the disloyalty of their masters can be shown and will deliver one copy of each list to the Commander of such stations, and forward one to the Head-Quarters. Before preparing such list, he will give due public notice of the time at which he will be aided in such duty at each station. He will be aided in the discharge of his duties by special instructions received from or through, these Head-Quarters.

II. Commanders of such stations will furnish from time to time, as they may be called or by commanders of escorts, copies of the lists so prepared and filed with them; and will issue rations, where necessary, to negroes named in each list who are unable to move from such stations or to earn a living there, until escort can be furnished them to a place of safety, where they can support themselves.

III. Commanders of companies and detachments serving in that part of Missouri included in the District, will give escort and subsistence, where practicable, to all negroes neared in such certified lists, to Independence, Kansas City, Westport, or the State of Kansas - sending direct to these Head-Quarters all such negroes fit for military duty, and willing to enlist.

By order of Brigadier General Ewing
P.B. Plumb, Major and Chief of Staff

* MPR Note: The confiscation of any and all property of persons of Southern sympathies, was placed into law by the Federal Government on July 17, 1862. Since the State of Missouri was under Martial Law, it was under the control of the Federal Government.

Thus, the Federal Occupational Troops were judge and jury against all people of Missouri, whether they were military or civilian; man, woman or child.

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