March 5, 1865: Swearing

O. O. Howard

Howard orders that the offensive use of foul language on the march be curbed.


Official Records:


GENERAL
HEADQUARTERS DEPARTMENT AND FIELD ORDERS,
ARMY OF THE TENNESSEE, Numbers 12.
Cheraw, S. C., March 5, 1865.

The attention of officers and soldiers of this army is called to the gross and criminal practice of profane swearing which prevails and is increasing amongst us, so much so that every sense of good principle and good taste is outraged. Have we forgotten that God is our kind Father and that God is our kind Father and that He is helping us? Every insult to Him is a scourge to ourselves and invites disaster to our noble cause.

By order of Major General O. O. Howard:
A.m. VAN DYKE,
Assistant Adjutant-General.

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One Response to March 5, 1865: Swearing

  1. Fred Reczkowicz says:

    Didn’t Sherman, when in camp and surrounded by fellow officers, get into a “swearing contest” when the Howard approached them just to see him cringe and not be able to do anything about it?

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