General Orders to New Orleans Citizens

Head Quarters 7th. M District
Adjutant Generals office N. Orleans
16th. December 1814

General Orders.

        Major General Andrew Jackson commanding the 7th. U. States Military District declares the city and environs of New Orleans under strict martial law--and orders that in future the following rules be rigidly enforced. Viz--Every individual entering the city will report at the Adjutant General's office, and on failure to be arrested and held for examination--No person shall be permitted to leave the city without a permission in writing signed by the General or one of his Staff--No vessel, boat or other craft will be permitted to leave New Orleans or Bayou St. John without a passport in writing from the General (or one of his staff) or the commander of the naval forces of the United states on this station--The street lamps shall be extinguished at the hour of nine at night, after which period, persons of every description found in the streets, or not at their respective homes without permission in writing as aforesaid and not having the countersign shall be apprehended as spies and held for examination--The Dragoons and Hussars will be held in readiness to furnish patrols for the city and vicinity--The city guard will be furnished from the U.S. Inftry. an militia as will be specially required and posted under the direction of the proper officers--Brig General Morgan of the Louisiana Militia has been ordered into the service and will assume the command of said troops as under the requisition of the Sectry of War--Colo G T Ross and Lt Colo MacRea although on the recruiting service will consider themselves on duty in the line--The resignation of Thomas Gales Esqr is accepted to take effect this day and Augustus Davezac Esqr is hereby appointed Judge Advocate of the 7th. M. District vice Gales resigned subject to the approval of the proper authority--Mr Davezac will immediately receive from Mr. Gales all the documents relative to the court martial at present constituted, and will enter on his duties immediately--Colo G T Ross office of the day for to day and Lt Colo McRea for tomorrow--By  Command

Robert Butler
Adj General

Courtesy of the Andrew Jackson Papers Project

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