Close the Drinking Houses!

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11 AM
Clarksburg Va Nov. 10th 1863
For Br Genl Callum Chief of Staff
Please advise me where The troops
will move over the B. &
O RR in order that I
may cause all drinking houses to
be closed along line of road
during their transit sig Kelly Br Genl

Apparently Brigadier General Benjamin Franklin Kelley was all too familiar with the preferred vices of his soldiers. His command was tasked with protecting the Baltimore & Ohio Rail Road, but some of his troops had apparently made enough of a nuisance of themselves at taverns along the line that he felt compelled to order them closed.

Many thanks to Zooniverse user red_mtn for bringing this fascinating telegraph to our attention!

 

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