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Forrest's Orders...


No. 99. West Point, Miss., March 3, 1865.

The following are the rules and regulations for the government of the
troops of this command:...

IX. All detailed soldiers driving wagons and ambulances will be
returned to their commands, and negroes procured to fill their places.
And all negroes now in this command, except those allowed by this
order, will be hired to the quartermaster or sent home. There will be
allowed a negro cook to every mess of ten, and commissioned officers
will be allowed servants as prescribed in Army Regulations; but no
enlisted man will be permitted to keep a servant for his own use, and
no officer will be allowed to claim as his servant a negro not in his own
immediate service.

David Upton