Brig. Gen. George F. Shepley, a Portland lawyer who was serving as military governor of Louisiana, wrote to Brig. Gen. Neal Dow, also of Portland, commander of the 13th Maine Volunteer Infantry, about a complaint from the French Consul of "sundry acts of violence and pillage alleged by him to have committed by United States soldiers at the residences of two Frenchmen..."
The officers and soldiers in question were under Dow's command. Shepley asked that if the charges were true, the property would be returned and the perpetrators punished.
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