General Orders No. 18, issued from the Union Headquarters in New Orleans, allowing soldiers to retain their arms after the war’s end if they pay for them.
Soldiers allowed to retain their arms
GENERAL ORDERS, HEADQUARTERS,
No. 18. DEPARTMENT OF LOUISIANA AND TEXAS
New Orleans, La., July 31, 1865
I. In accordance with instructions from the War Department, all soldiers honorably mustered out of the service, who desire to take advantage of General Orders, No. 101, War Department, Adjutant General’s Office, current series, authorizing them to retain their arms and accouterments on paying therefor their value, must signify their intention before leaving the filed, that it may be entered and charged on their muster-out rolls. The prices fixed by the Ordnance Department are as follows:
Muskets (all kinds, with or without accouterments) Six Dollars.
Spencer Carbines, (with or without accouterments) Ten Dollars.
All other Carbines and Revolvers, (with or without accouterments,) Eight Dollars.
Sabres and Swords, (with or without belts,) Three Dollars.
II. In order that no delay may be occasioned in the payment of mustered out troops, when they arrive at their respective places of enlistment, proper remarks will be made on the muster-out rolls of balance of clothing account, and traveling distance from the State rendezvous where they were mustered out, to place of enlistment.
Company officers, Commissaries and Assistant Commissaries of Musters will be held responsible that the proper remarks are made on the muster-out rolls as directed in the above order.
BY ORDER OF MAJOR-GENERAL E. R. S. Canby:
Major, Assistant Adjutant General