United States. War Department. UNION PROVOST MARSHAL’S FILE OF PAPERS RELATING TO CIVILIANS.
Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Service, 1966
National Archives microfilm publications. Microcopy no. M 345; v. National Archives record group 109
The Provost Marshal’s file relates to civilians who came in contact with the army from 1861 to 1866. Provost marshals served as military police. They sought out and arrested deserters, Confederate spies, and civilians suspected of crimes or disloyalty. Provost courts tried cases involving civilians and military personnel accused of civil crimes. The documents include correspondence, provost court papers, orders, passes, and paroles. The documents are arranged alphabetically by the name of the civilian concerned.
An uncataloged guide, Union Provost Marshal’s File of Papers Relating to Civilians, is available in the Special Collections Office.