Allsman Release Order (Click to Read Full Text)
PALMYRA, MO., October 8, 1862
JOSEPH C. PORTER:
SIR: Andrew Allsman, an aged citizen of Palmyra and a non-combatant having been carried from his home by a band of persons unlawfully arrayed against the peace and good order of the State of Missouri and which band was under your control, this is to notify you that unless said Andrew Allsman is returned unharmed to his family within ten days from date ten men, who have belonged to your band and unlawfully sworn by you to carry arms against the Government of the United States and who are now in custody, will be shot, as a meet reward for their crimes, among which is the illegal restraining of said Allsman his liberty, and, if not returned, presumptively aiding in his murder.
Your prompt attention to this will save much suffering.
W. R. STRACHAN,
Provost-Marshal. General District Northeast Missouri
Per order of brigadier general commanding McNeil's column