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Order Number 151 Sending Fidel Keller of New Orleans, LA to Ship Island, MS. June 30, 1862.

New Orleans, June 30, 1862.

Fidel Keller has been found exhibiting a human skeleton in his bookstore window in a public place in this city, labeled "Chickahominy" in large letters, meaning and intending that the bones should be taken by the populace to be the bones of a Union soldier slain in that battle in order to bring the authority of the United States and our armies into contempt, and for that purpose had stated to the passers-by that the bones were those of a "Yankee soldier," whereas in truth and fact they were the bones purchased some weeks before of a Mexican consul to whom they were pledged by a medical student.

It is therefore ordered that for this desecration of the dead he be confined at Ship Island for two years at hard labor, and that he be allowed to communicate with no other person on the island except Mrs. Phillips, who has been sent there for a like offense. Any written messages may be sent to him through these headquarters.

Upon the order being read the said Keller requested that so much of it as associated him with that woman might be recalled, which request was therefore reduced to writing by him as follows:

NEW ORLEANS, June 30, 1862.
Mr. Keller desires that that part of the sentence which refers to the communication with Mrs. Phillips be stricken out, as he does not wish to have communication with the said Mrs. Phillips.

Said request seeming to the commanding general to be reasonable, so much of said order is revoked, and the remainder will be executed.

By order of Major-General Butler:

R. S. DAVIS, Captain and Acting Assistant Adjutant-General

SOURCE: Official Records of the War of the Rebellion, Series 2, Volume 4, pg. 106

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