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GENERAL ORDERS

HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, 19TH ARMY CORPS,

March 28, 1863.

No. 24.

I. Before a General Court Martial, convened at the city of New Orleans, pursuant to Special Orders No. 65, of March 6th, 1863, from these Headquarters, and of which Captain GEORGE M. DICKERMAN, 26th Massachusetts Volunteers, is President, were arraigned and tried :

1. Private Marshall Lander, Company D, 21st Indiana Volunteers, upon the following charge and specification :

CHARGE--- Desertion of Post.' SPECIFICATION——“ In this, that he, Marshall Lander, private of Company D, 21st Indiana Regiment Artillery, having been duly detailed and posted as a sentinel on post No. 8 of the camp guard of said 21st Regiment, did leave his post and arms and so remain for a long time, and until arrested by the officer of the day. All this at camp 21st Indiana Artillery, in the city of New Orleans, on or about the morning of the 19th of day of February, 1863."

To which charge and specification the accused pleaded--"Not Guilty."

After mature deliberation on the evidence adduced, the Court finds the accused as follows:

Of the specification--"Guilty.

Of the charge—“Guilty." And does therefore sentence bim “ to forfeit one month's pay to the United States, and to be confined at hard labor for twelve days, with ball and chain attached to his left leg, ball weighing twenty-four pounds.”'

2. Private Perry R. Booker, Company C, 21st Indiana Volunteers.

CHARGE-_“ Desertion of Post." SPECIFICATION—" In this, that he, Private Perry R. Booker, of Company C, 21st Indiana Artillery, having been duly detailed and posted as a sentinel on post No. 2 of the camp guard of said regiment, did leave his post and arms, and so remain for a long time, and until arrested by the officer of the day. All this at camp 21st

Indiana Artillery, in the city of New Orleans, on or about the morring of the 19th day of February, 1863.”

To which charge and specification the accused pleaded—“Not Guilty."

After mature deliberation on the evidence adduced, the Court finds the accused as follows:

Of the specification-—“ Guilty."'

Of the charge—“ Guilty.' And does therefore sentence him to forfeit one month's pay to the United States, and to be confined at hard labor for six days, with ball and chain attached to his left leg, ball to weigh twenty-four pounds."

3. Private John Il. Burnett, Company D, 21st Indiana Volunteers.

CHARGE --- Desertion of Post.'' SPECIFICATION--" In this, that he, John W. Burnett, a private of Company D, 21st Regiment Indiana Artillery, having been duly posted as a sentinel on post No. 9 of the camp guard of said 21st Regiment Indiana Artillery, did leave his post and arms, and so remain for a long time, and until arrested by the officer of the day. All this at camp 21st Indiana Artillery, in the city of New Orleans, on or about the morning of the 19th day of February, 1863.”'

To which charge and specification the accused pleaded—“Not Guilty."

The Court, after mature deliberation on the evidence adduced, finds the accused as follows:

Of the specification--"Guilty."

Of the charge_-"Guilty.” And does therefore sentence him “ to forfeit one month's pay to the United States, and to be confined at hard labor for twelve days, with ball and chain attached to bis left leg. ball weighing twenty-four pounds."

4. Private Thomas J. Blevins, Company D, 21st Indiana Volunteers.

CHARGE__Conduct contrary to Good Order and Military Discipline.' SPECIFICATION Ist--"In this, that he, the said Private Thomas J. Blevins, Company D, 21st Indiana Volunteers, did forge a pass, siguing Thomas J. Redgrave's (Assistant Surgeon) and Lieutenant Bough's names, or got some one to do so for him."

SPECIFICATION 20-_“ In this, that he, the said Private Thomas J. Blevins, Company D, 21st Indiana Volunteers, did give the said pass to another private, Harrison Shoemaker, of Company K, 21st Regiment Indiana Volunteers, for him to pass on. All this at or near Camp. Parapet, Louisiana, on or about the 22d day of November,

To which charge and specifications the accused pleaded-“ Not Guilty."

There being no evidence against the accused, and no knowledge of the address of the officer preferring the charge, the prisoner was remanded and the case dismissed.

II. In the case of Private Thomas J. Blerirs, Company D, 21st Indiana Volunteers, the length of time that has elapsed since the commission of the offense charged, and the delay and inconvenience any other course would occasion, induce the Major General Commanding to direct that he be released from arrest and returned to duty.

In the remaining cases, the proceedings, findings and sentences are confirmed.

The Court has been thus lenient in its sentences, because it is shown by the evidence that the accused sat down near their posts, leaning their muskets against a house, without apparently the intention of quitting their posts entirely, or rather, with the intention of returning to them. These offenses were flagrant violations of military duty, and must be punished ; but the Major General Commanding hopes that the mildness of the punishment in these cases will not be taken as a standard for the future. The seemingly most trivial deviations from the duties of a sentinel may lead to most fatal consequences. Those duties are fixed and invariable, and the strictest compliance with them must be required. The sentences will be carried into execution, the prisoners to remain during their terms of confinement in charge of the Regimental Guard.

III. The General Court Martial, of which Captain GEORGE M. DICKERMAN: 26th Massachusetts Volunteers, is President, is dissolved.

BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL BANKS :

RICHARD B. IRWIN,

Assistant Adjutant General.

OFFICIAL:

Aide-le-Camp.

II. Fort Williams.
III. Persons coming within the Lines.

GENERAL ORDERS

HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

19TH ARMY CORPS,

New Orleans, April 6, 1863.

No. 25.

1. So much of paragraph 2 of General Orders No. 17, current series, from these Headquarters, authorizing the reënlistment of men belonging to the nine months regiments in the Cavalry and Artillery, as limits the period within which such reënlistments may be made to the 1st instant, is hereby revoked.

II. As a mark of respect for the memory of the gallant officer who fell in the defence of that place, the new field work at Baton Rouge will be known as FORT WILLIAMS.

III. All persons coming within the lines of this Department, will be required to take the oath of allegiance to the United States, except prisoners of war and deserters from the military or naval service of the enemy.

BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL BANKS:

RICHARD B. IRWIN,

Assistant Adjutant General.

OFFICIAL:

Aide-de-Camp.

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