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Missouri Digital Heritage :: Divided Loyalties Opening Exhibit :: Divided Loyalties Audio Tour :: Panel 26 - Battles Fought in Court - (Fighting Order No. 3)
General John Schofield, Commanding Officer of the Union Army's District of Missouri, thought that the best way to compensate loyal citizens for damages during the war was to make disloyal citizens pay for them. He enacted this philosophy with General Orders Number Three, which called for the creation of County Boards to collect compensation. If a citizen refused, their property was seized and sold.
Lawsuits in the aftermath of the war were extremely common.
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