I'm reading "I Acted From Principle" about the Civil War Diary of Dr. William McPheeters. McPheeters was a southern sympathizer in St. Louis, MO. The Provost Marshal knew of his southern symphathies and assessed him $2k which was collected by a lieutenant and four men who entered his house and removed a lot of furniture including a piano. When it was determined that the objects were insufficient, a second entry was made and virtually everything else was removed; leaving McPheeters' home bare. McPheeters then traveled by horseback to Richmond where he secured an appointment as a surgeon and returned to serve in the Trans-Mississippi area. So, by what means did the Provost bypass the Fourth Amendment protection against unlawful seizure? Has anybody else read of this lawful wartime thievery? BTW, I picked up the book from one of the battlefields I visited last week.