Stripping for the ladies
"An order was issued from headquarters, forbidding any person wearing U. S. clothing (blue) that did not belong to the army, and authorizing the provost guard to strip any such person of all such clothing. The 20th was at this time doing provost duty. The boys used to go for such persons lively. One day, walking down main street, they saw a gent coming, with a lady on each arm. He had one of our blue blouses and a military vest. The boys asked the officer in charge what they should do. "Follow orders, of course." So they ordered the gent to strip, but he showed fight, inspired by the presence of the ladies. The boys knocked him down, and stripped him of his coat and vest, and left him to escort his ladies in his shirt sleeves."
In another incident, we learn, "On another occasion, they stripped a man of his pants also, leaving him in a still more unpresentable condition."
I know war is hell, but that's a helluva way to wage war on civilians.
Vigilantibus et non dormientibus jura subveniunt. Molon Labe!