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Union Orders, Reports and Letters -- Maryland

OFFICIAL RECORDS: Series 2, vol 3, Part 1 (Prisoners of War) PRISONERS OF WAR AND STATE, ETC. Page 426

WAR DEPARTMENT, Washington, D. C., April 5, 1862.

Ordered, That Major General John A. Dix, commanding at Baltimore, be and he is authorized and empowered at his discretion -

1. To assume and exercise control over the police of the city of Baltimore; to supersede and remove the civil police or any part thereof and establish a military police in said city.

2. To arrest and imprison disloyal persons, declare martial law and suspend the writ of habeas corpus in the city of Baltimore or any part of his command, and to exercise and perform all military power, function and authority that he may deem proper for the safety of his command or to secure obedience and respect to the authority and Government of the United States.

By order of the President:

Secretary of War.