War Department Adjutant General's Office Washington, August 18, 1863
General Orders No. 288
Order in relation to Seizure of Goods
In every case of seizure of goods by officers acting under the authority of this Department, a true and perfect inventory thereof shall be taken in triplicate by the officer making the seizure, one copy of which shall be given to the person from whom the goods were taken, one copy retained by the officer, and the third copy will be forwarded with a report of the seizure, which will be immediately made to this Department. The officer making the seizure will be held accountable for the goods while they are under his charge, and until they are disposed of according to orders from this Department.
BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR: E.D. TOWNSEND Assistant Adjutant General