4 3/4 x 7 3/4, imprint, 1 1/4 pages.
Headquarters, Department of the South,
Hilton Head, S.C., May 3, 1865
I. The following General Orders from the War Department are hereby published for the information and government of this command:
Adjutant General's Office,
Washington, April 17, 1865
Extension of the Military Lines of the United States
Ordered: That the military lines of the United States be extended to include within them the States of Virginia, North Carolina, Georgia, Florida, North Alabama, and Tennessee, and that all military restrictions upon internal trade within said lines are annulled except in arms, ammunition, gray cloth, and all articles from which ammunition is manufactured, locomotives, cars, railroad iron and machinery for operating railroads, telegraph wires, insulators, and instruments for operating telegraphic lines, which articles are contraband of war, and all trade in, and importation thereof, within the limits aforesaid, is absolutely prohibited.
By order of the Secretary of War:
Assistant Adjutant General
By Command of Major General Q.A. Gillmore
Signed in ink by T.D. Hodges above printed title of Capt. 35th U.S.C.T., Act. Asst. Adjt. Gen.
Light edge staining and two thin slits in the paper at left edge where this order was once bound. Very fine content from Headquarters, Department of the South, Commanded by Major General Quincy A. Gillmore.
Edge staining and light wear. Uncommon.
Thorndike D. Hodges, who signed this document, served in the 35th Massachusetts Infantry, and the 35th U.S. Colored Infantry, 1862-66.