No. 11. August 31, 1863.
The cowardly and infamous practice which prevails to some extentin this command of stealing from the defenseless and peaceable in-habitants their provisions and other property requires a severe andspeedy check for the protection of the citizens and for the good name of the army, and the commanding general directs that any person found guilty of such disgraceful conduct that he be stripped of his uniform, his head shaved, then branded on the left cheek with the letter T as a thief, and drummed out of the service.All officers are directed to use their utmost vigilance to prevent pilfering, and to promptly report all offenders for punishment.
This order is to be read at the head of every company in the command.
By command of Major-General Burnside
LEWIS RICHMOND, Assistant Adjutant-General."