General Orders No. 3, 1864, War Department
The attention of Courts Martial and of reviewing officers is called to the impropriety and danger of associating with the honorable and important duty of guards any idea of punishment or degradation. Those remarks are called forth in disapproving the sentence of a Court Martial directing that a prisoner shall do guard duty every other day for a year.
Adjutant General's Office, Washington, January 2, 1864.
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