The Photographic History of the Civil War
                  Volume 7 -
Prisons and Hospitals


Provost—Marshal's Office, Department of the Cumberland


Provost—Marshal's Office, Department of the Cumberland

Wherever soldiers congregate there are sure to be found sharpers and thieves. In the ranks of both armies were men who would not behave. In his report of November 12, 1870, the Federal surgeon-general states that 103 men died of homicide and there were 121 military executions during the Civil War. The sentry in this photograph standing in the shade of the doorway of the provost-marshal's headquarters, Department of the Cumberland, gives a hint of the mailed hand that was necessary to govern the soldiery. In front of the house two ropes are stretched between two posts. Here the guard tied its horses when it clattered up with a prisoner.

page 183  in 1911 book

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