General Orders No. 18 In Reference to the enemy sending citizens and non combatants through our lines under Flag of Truce. Tullahoma, Tennessee: 1863.
Document. Manuscript Document. Approx. 12.5" x 8". General Order No. 18 written on the front side and signed by the Assistant Adjutant General H. W. Walter. Also located on the lower left corner of the document is written "Maj Genl Wheeler ? a' g Wheeler's Cav Corps." On the verso is a handwritten summary of the order. The paper has dried water stains. The ink is light in spots. This handwritten General Order was reprinted in the Official Records of the War of the Rebellion (War of the Rebellion Records Series I. Vol. XXIII Part II Correspondence, Etc. Chapter XXXV pages 858, 859). The signature at the bottom of the document is not legible but it is not in the hand of General Wheeler. Fair. Item #15890
The document reads:
The enemy has seen fit to expel from his lines and send to our midst not only those supposed to be guilty of crimes but non-combatants found in their homes in the peaceful pursuits of life. In the perpetration of these outrages on humanity, and these violations of civilized warfare, he has prostituted the flag of truce to the base purpose of protecting the guards who drive forth these exiles. Hereafter that flag will not protect those guards, but they will be seized and sent forward to be treated as spies or prisoners of war as the circumstances in each case may require. By Command of General Bragg.