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HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF, 19TH ARMY CORPS,
Before Port Hudson, June 6, 1863.
1. The regiments of infantry of the Corps d'Afrique, authorized by General Orders No. 44, current series, will consist of ten companies each, having the following minimum organization : 1 Captain,
4 Sergeants, 1 First Lieutenant,
4 Ccrporals, 1 Second Lieutenant,
2 Buglers, 1 First Sergeant,
40 Privates. To the above may be added hereafter, at the discretion of the Commanding General, four corporals and forty-two privates ; thus increasing the strength to the maximum fixed by law for a company of infantry. The regimental organization will be that fixed by law for a regiment of infantry.
II. The Commissary and Assistant Commissaries of Musters will muster the Second Lientenant into service as soon as he is commissioned ; the First Lieutenant when thirty men are enlisted ; and the Captain when the minimum organization is completed.
III. The First, Second, Third and Fourth Regiments of Louisiana Native Guards will hereafter be known as the First, Second, Third and Fourth Regiments of Infantry of the Corps d'Afrique.
IV. The regiment of colored troops in process of organization in the district of Pensacola will be known as the Fifth Regiment of Infantry of the Corps d'Afrique.
V. Tbe regiments now being raised under the direction of Brigadier General DANIEL ULLMANN, and at present known as the First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Regiments of Ullmann's Brigade, will be respectively designated as the Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Regiments of Infantry of the Corps d'Afrique.
VI. The First Regiment of Lonisiana Engineers, Colonel Justin Hodge, will hereafter be known as the First Regiment of Engineers of the Corps d'Afrique.
BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL BANKS :
RICHARD B. IRWIN,
Assistant Adjutant General.
Assistant Adjutant General.
HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,
19TU ARMY CORPs,
Before Port Hudson, June 9, 1863.
I. Before a General Court Martial, convened at New Orleans, Louisiana, pursuant to Special Orders No. 80, of March 25th, 1863, from these Headquarters, and of which Lieutenant Colonel R. FITZGIBBONS, 9th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, is President, were arraigned and tried :
1. Captain William II. Seamans, 41st Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, Provost
Marshal at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
• Disobedience of Orders.” SPECIFICATION Ist--" In this that Captain William H. Seamans, Provost Marshal as aforesaid, did charge and receive fees for passes granted to various persons to travel within and beyond the lines of the United States troops, in violation of General Orders No. 113, dated Headquarters, Department of the Gulf, December 2d, 1862. This at various times, between the 20th day of December, 1862, and the 30th of January, 1863, at Baton Rouge, in the State of Louisiana.”
SPECIFICATION 2d—-" In this, that Captain William H. Seamans, Provost Marshal as aforesaid at said Baton Rouge, did grant passes to various persons to go beyond the lines of the United States forces, in violation of General Orders No. 113. This at sundry times subsequent to the date of said General Orders.”
SPECIFICATION 30—“. In this, that said William H. Seamans, in his capacity as aforesaid, permitted sundry persons to pay out gold and silver (for cotton or other merchandise), to be carried to a section of country · heretofore declared to be in ipsurrection,' in violation of the regulations of the Secretary of the Treasury, dated August 28th, 1862 ; and in that, said Seamans permitted placards to remain for weeks posted within sight of his office, inviting disloyal persons who were admitted within the lines of our forces, to engage in such unlawful trade, in violation of the regulations above mentioned. This at various times subsequent to January 1st, 1863, at Baton Rouge, as aforesaid."
“ Conduct to the prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline.” SPECIFICATION 1st --“ In this, that said William H. Seamans, Provost Marshal as aforesaid, did permit one Frederick Zeigler to receive into his store at Baton Rouge, spirituous liquors in large quantities, and to sell and dispose of the same to soldiers. This at various times, after the 1st day of January, 1863, at Baton Rouge aforesaid.”
SPECIFICATION 2d--" In this, that said William H. Seamans, Provost Marshal as aforesaid, did permit sundry other persons to sell spirituous liquors to soldiers and others, in violation of military orders. This at various times subsequent to January 1st, 1863, at Baton Rouge, as aforesaid.”
" Relieving the Enemy.” SPECIFICATION—" In this, that said William II. Seamans, Provost Marshal as aforesaid, granted passes for pay, by which sundry persons have been permitted to carry provisions, medicines and other articles into the camp of the enemy. This at sundry times, between the 20th of December, 1862, and the 28th of February, 163, at Baton Rouge, as aforesaid.”
“Giving intelligence to the Enemy." SPECIFICATION-_- In this, that said Seamans, Provost Marshal as aforesaid, granted passes by which sundry persons had frequent intercourse with the enemy, enabling those in arms against the United States Government to obtain information of the condition of the army of the Union. This at said Baton Rouge, at sundry times, subsequent to January 1st, 1863."
“ Conduct to the prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline.” SPECIFICATION—“ In this, that said William H. Seamans, Provost Marshal as aforesaid, received cotton from the enemy's country, and through the aid of Government transportation, conveyed the same to the city of New Orleans, disposing of the same for his own private benefit, in violation of the aforesaid regulations of the Treasury Department. This at said Baton Rouge, at some period subsequent to the 20th of December. 1862.”
“ Coruluct unbecoming an Officer and a Gentleman.” SPECIFICATION 1st—" In this, that said Seamans, in his said capacity, arranged with one William S. Pike, a known enemy of the United States Government, by which said Pike was granted special privileges of transit, communication and trade with and into the enemy's country, in violation of the Articles of War and the instructions of the Commanding General of the Department. This at sundry times after the 20th of December, at Baton Rouge aforesaid."
SPECIFICATION 20--"In this, that said William H. Seamans, Provost Marsbal as aforesaid, for the purpose of gain and for pecuniary considerations, granted to sundry persons special privileges for trading beyond and within the enemy's lires. This at Baton Rouge aforesaid, at various times between December 20th, 1862, and March 7th, 1863."
To all of which charges and specifications the accused pleaded "Not Guilty."