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UNION PROVOST MARSHAL FILES



The office of Provost Marshal was created during the Civil War to enforce laws and maintain order; to suppress civilian property damage; to make searches and seizures of personal property and citizens believed to be engaged in secessionist activities; suppression of gambling houses; and supervision of hotels and saloons. A Provost  Marshal maintained files on civilians that included secessionist activity, such as rebel and guerilla activity, destroying railroad lines used by the Union for transportation; stolen and damaged property, murder, assault and battery, illegal sale of firearms, harboring fugitives, making disloyal remarks about the Union flag, selling liquor to soldiers, and public drunkenness. Oath of Allegiance papers were maintained on citizens, ex-Confederate Soldiers, and owners of businesses.  The Provost Marshal authorized the issuance of passports to citizens desiring to travel into and out of cities and states. The Provost Marshal could arrest citizens without warrant, imprisonment without any charges, and release the citizens after months and years of incarceration without a trial.
 

 
 
 
     




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Union Provost
Marshal Files

STATES

 1) AL AR AZ CO CT 
 2) 
District of Columbia
 3)
FL GA IL IO
 4)
KS KY LA  
 5)
MA MD MI MS 
 6)
Missouri 
 7)
NE NM NY NC OH
 
 8)
PA SC TN TX 
 9)
VA  WVA

The following files are a summary of one surname: TAYLOR,
with activity in 29 states. 

Source: Union Provost Marshals' File of Papers Relating
to Individuals Civilians, 
Roll 263, Surnames: 'Taylor'  The National Archives Microfilm Publications
 Microcopy No. 345.  Washington, 1966.
Ordered and read at the Denver Federal Center.
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Memos & Letters of:
1.
B. L. Taylor - Memphis, TN
2. Benjamin Ogle Taylor- MI
3. Colonel Clay Taylor - MO
4. Mrs. Louise (Pratte) Taylor - MO

5. Dubart M. Taylor - MO
6. Hawkins Taylor - KS
7. Henry Clay Taylor - MO

8. John P. Taylor  - MO
9. Joseph Taylor - MO
10
. Julius St. Vincent Taylor - DC

11. Lewis D. Taylor - MO
12. Sanford V. Taylor - AR

13. Stephen B. Taylor -
MD
14. Rev William Taylor-
MO
15.William A. Taylor -
NE
16. Dr.William Vannah Taylor -
TN
17. Zachary Taylor -
MO
18. Clinton M. Tyler -CO

 

 

 

 

 


 

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