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PRESCRIBED BY THE SECRETARY OF THE TREASURY FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF THE SEVERAL SPECIAL AGENTS AND AGENCY AIDS APPOIN I'ED IN PURSUANCE OF THE A TOF 12TH MARCH, 1863, ENTITLED “ AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE COLLECTION OF ABANDONED PROPERTY, AND FOR THE PREVENTION OF FRAUDS IN INSURRECTIONARY DISTRICTS WITHIN THE UNITED STATES."
I. The territory of the United States designated as in insurrection
against the lawful government of the United States by Territory di- the Proclamation of the President, July 1, 1862, to vided into dis which Special Agents have been assigned to receive and cial Agencies. collect abandoned and captured property, is divided
into districts called Special Agencies, numerically desig nated and described as follows, viz: The First Special Agency comprises the district of the Uni
ted States west of the Alleghany mountains, known Special Agencies named and
as the Valley of the Mississippi, and extending southdescribed.
ward so as to include so much of the States of Alabama,
Mississippi, Arkansas, and Louisiana, as is or may be occupied by national forces operating from the North.
The Second Special Agency comprises the State of Virginia and so much of West Virginia as lies east of the Alleghany mountains.
The Third Special Agency comprises the State of North Carolina.
The Fourth Special Agency comprises the States of South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida.
The Fifth Special Agency comprises the States of Texas and Louisiana, and so much of the States of Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi, as is or may be within the lines of the national forces operating from the South.
If additional Special Agencies shall be established, they will be numerically designated in the order of their establishment. And if the boundaries of agencies already established shall be changed, due notice thereof will be given.
II. Supervising Special Agents and Assistant Special Agents will
be appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury, and Designation of agents.
Local Special Agents and Agency Aids will be appointed
by Supervising Special Agents, or under their direction by Assistant Special Agents, subject to the approval of the Secretary, to carry into effect the said Act and these Regulations.
III. Supervising and Assistant Special Agents are authorized and
directed to receive and collect all abandoned and capAgents authorized and directed tured property found within their respective Agencies to collect and re- and within the lines of military occupation by the ceive all aban. United States forces, except such as has been used or doned property. was intended to be used for waging or carrying on war against the United States, viz: arms, ordnance, 'ships, steamboats or other water craft and their furniture, forage, military supplies, and munitions of war.
IV. Abandoned property is of two descriptions:
First; That which has been or may be deserted by Abandoned and the owners; and, captured prop
Second; That which has been or may be voluntarily erty.
abandoned by the owners to the civil or military authorities of the United States.
Captured property is that which has been or may be seized or taken from hostile possession by the military or naval forces of the United States.
V. Supervising and Assistant Special Agents will exercise due dili
gence in receiving and collecting, within the Agency Special Agents to which they have been respectively assigned, all will collect and receive property,
abandoned and captured property ; and on taking posand make and session of any such property, will immediately make keep a true re- and keep a full and correct record of all the facts or cord and account of expenses.
information in regard to each case or lot known or
accessible to them, including, as nearly as possible, the following: the character and quantity of the property received or collected; where captured, or found or received as abandoned; under what circumstances; by whom owned or alleged to be owned ; noting, where practicable, the name and address of one or more truthful residents of the neighborhood acquainted with the property and the owner or claimant thereof, and any statements they may make in connexion therewith ; by whom such property was captured or abandoned ; by whom received or collected; from whom received; all names, marks, signs, or devices, (whether distinct, indistinct, or partially erased,) upon such property; together with all other information which may in any way serve to identify or make known the history of any particular lot, or to trace the same, or the proceeds thereof, from the earliest period possible to its final disposition.
They will also charge against each lot and keep a true and detailed account in triplicate of each item of expense incurred in its collection, transportation, care and sale; or where two or more lots are treated together, a fair and just proportion against each, as well as all fees due in any way to the government thereon.
One copy of this record will be promptly transmitted to the Supervising Special Agent, to whom or to whose order the property
so received and collected will be delivered, another to the Secretary of the Treasury, and the third will be retained by the Assistant Special Agents for their files.
VI. Supervising and Assistant Special Agents will receive within Agents
will their respective Agencies any property from persons receive volunta- who offer voluntarily to abandon the same; and shall rily abandoned give a receipt therefor to the person so abandoning it, property, give receipts, or to his or her agent, in the following form: and take stipulations. " Received of
of the county of .
in the State of
estimated at $ follows:
as the owner thereof and numbered as
; which, as Special Agent of the Treasury Department, at the request of I have received as abandoned property, to be forwarded to
and disposed of in accordance with the act of Congress, approved March 12, 1863."
And shall make three copies of said receipt, of which he shall send one to the Secretary of the Treasury, one to the Supervising Special Agent, and keep one for his files; and in all cases of so receiving voluntarily abandoned property, the Agent shall require from the owner or person so abandoning it a statement and stipulation in triplicate in the following form:
Special Agent of the Treasury Department, has this day received from me as abandoned property
marked and numbered as follows: which the said.
has received at my request, to be transported to the Special Agent of the government in the city of
appointed to receive and dispose of such property, subject to the deductions prescribed by the act approved March 12, 1862, and the fees designated by the XIV Regulation prescribed by the Secretary of the Treasury, September 11, 1863.
And I hereby acquit and discharge the said and all other officers of the government, from all personal liability on account of the said property, except such as may result from an unfaithful discharge of their duties in transporting or disposing of it.
And in case of any loss or damage to the said property in its transportation or otherwise, neither the government of the United States nor any of its Agents shall be held responsible therefor."
A record of all property so received and of the expenses incurred in connexion therewith shall be made and copies transmitted, and the property shall be disposed of, in the manner prescribed in Regulation V.
VII. Supervising and Assistant Special Agents will receive and
collect abandoned property from any officer or private of Agents to col. tbe regular or volunteer forces of the United States, or from officers and any officer, sailor, or marine in the naval service of the privates, sailors United States, upon the inland waters of the United or marines, aban- States, who may take or receive any such abandoned and give receipt. property, from persons in such insurrectionary districts,
or have it under their control, and such Supervising or Assistant Special Agent will, in all such cases, give a receipt therefor in the following form :
estimated at $
taken or received and held by him as abandoned property in such insurrectionary district and claimed to be the property of and turned over to me by said which property I bave received as Agent of the Treasury Department, appointed in pur. suance of certain acts of Congress, approved July 13, 1861. May 20, 1862, and March 12, 1863. The said property to be transported and disposed of under the Regulations of the Secretary of the Treasury prescribed in pursuance of the authority conferred on bim by said acts."
Three copies of said receipt shall be made, one of which shall be transmitted to the Secretary of the Treasury, one to the Supervising Special Agent, and one shall be retained by the Agent giving the receipt; and a record of the property so collected and received shall be made, and copies transmitted, and the property disposed of, as directed in Regulation V. VIII. Supervising and Assistant Special Agents will collect and receive
of any officer or private, or person employed in or witb Captured property the regular or volunteer forces of the United States, in hands of officers any property held by him which shall have been capturned over“ and tured in any district declared to be in insurrection receipt given. against the United States, except such as shall be re
quired for military use of the United States forces; and all property so held by them shall be received by the Agent as captured property, leaving all questions concerning the class to which it belongs for after consideration; and they shall also receive with such property the necessary invoices thereof, and all receipts, bills of lading, and other papers, documents, and vouchers, showing title to such property or the right to the possession, control, or direction thereof, and such order, indorsement, or writing as the party has power to make, to enable such Agent to take possession of such property or the proceeds thereof.
And he will give to the officer, private, or person from whom any property is so received, a receipt in the form following:
estimated at $ captured by the forces of the United States, and claimed to be the property of . which property I have received as Special Agent of the Treasury Department, appointed ia pursuance of certain acts of Congress, approved July 13, 1861, May 20, 1862, and March 12, 1863. The said property to be transported and disposed of under the regulations of the Secretary of the Treasury prescribed in pursuance of the authority conferred on him by said acts."
And a record of the property so collected and received shall be made, and copies transmitted, and the property disposed of, as directed in Regulation V. IX. When any part of the goods or property received or collected
by any Supervising or Assistant Special Agent is deProperty requir- manded for public use, and a requisition therefor is be appraised and presented, signed by the General commanding Dedelivered over. partment, or by some other officer authorized by
such Commander of Department, the Special Agent having such property in charge shall select three competent and disinterested persons, to be approved by such officer, who shall make oath for the faithful discharge of their duties, and who shall appraise said goods or property, and make a certificate thereof in the following form:
“ The undersigned having been appointed by or Assistant Special Agent, to appraise certain property alleged to have been collected of received as abandoned or captured by
Supervising Special Agent or Assistant Special Agent of the Treasury Department, having each of us made oath for the faithful discharge of our duty as such appraisers, do certify that we have carefully examined and appraised the following described property, to wit: and that said property is worth
Which certificate shall be certified by the Special Agent and by the officer receiving said property; and the goods or property so appraised shall be delivered over to the officer appointed to receive it; and the Special Agent shall in all such cases require from the officer or agent receiving said goods or property a receipt in the follow
" Received of
alleged to have been collected or received by him as abandoned or captured, and which has been this day appraised by : appraisers appointed with my approval, to be worth
dollars, which property has been delivered to me by said Agent to be appropriated to the public use, as provided in the second section of the Act of Congress, approved March 12, 1863, entitled 'An act to provide for the collection of abandoned property, and the prevention of frauds in insurrectionary districts within the United States.'