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Leaves and Furloughs.
Copies of Corps Orders.

GENERAL ORDERS

HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

No. 61.

New Orleans, August 17, 1863.

I. Corps Commanders have authority to accept resignations of officers and to discharge enlisted men.

II. The Commanders of Corps and separate Divisions may give leave of absence for seven days, in cases of necessity, not to go, beyond the limits of this Department.

III. Corps Commanders may grant leaves of absence for twenty days, on surgeon's certificate, to go beyond the limits of this Department, to the officers of their commands, within the following limits :

At least one Colonel must be present with each Brigade.
At least one field officer must be present with each regiment.
At least one company officer must be present with each company.

Leaves of absence to go beyond the Department will not be granted by the Corps Commanders except on surgeon's certificate, approved by the Medical Director of the Corps, as required by General Orders No. 61, of 1862, from the War Department, Adjutant General's Office.

Applications for leave of absence, if forwarded to Department Headquarters, must invariably state the number of officers of each grade present for duty with the regiment, and if the applicant be a field officer, the number of field officers present for duty with the Brigade.

IV. Corps Commanders are authorized to approve furloughs for not exceeding sixty days to the enlisted men of their commands, provided that not more than four men shall be so absent from the saine company at any one time. During the season of active operations, no furloughs shall be granted except on surgeon's certificate, approved by the Medical Director of the Corps.

V. Corps Commanders will transmit to these Headquarters, on the day succeeding their publication, copies of all General and Special Orders issued from their Headquarters.

BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL BANKS :

RICHARD B. IRWIN,

Assistant Adjutant General.

OFFICIAL:

Acting Assistant Adjutant General.

GENERAL ORDERS

HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,

No. 62.

New Orleans, August 17, 1863.

I. Before a General Court Martial convened at New Orleans, pursuant to General Orders No 28, of July 22d, 1863, from the Headquarters, Defences of New Orleans, and of which Colonel T. W. CAHILL, 9th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, is President, was arraigned and tried :

Second Lieutenant Charles W. Weeber, 12th Massachusetts Battery.

CHARGE FIRST.

Conduct to the prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline.” SPECIFICATION 1st--" That he, Second Lieutenant Charles W. Weeber, being an officer regularly mustered into the service or the United States, in the 12th Massachusetts Battery, did leave his camp and company without permission from his commanding officer, expressing a determination not to return ; this on or about the 21st day of July, 1863 ; and did remain absent until arrested by order of the General Commandiug Defences of New Orleans, on or about the 26th day of July, 1863. This at the Company Canal, State of Louisiana, on the morning of the 21st of July, 1863.”

SPECIFICATION 2d—“ In this, that he, the said Second Lieutenant Charles W. Weeber, 12th Massachusetts Battery, did absent himself from his camp and company, in violation of General Orders No. 22, from the General Commanding the Defences of New Orleans. This at the Company Canal, State of Louisiana, on July 21st, 1863."

CHARGE SECOND.

Disobedience of Orders." SPECIFICATION—-" That he, the said Second Lieutenant Charles W. Weeber, 12th Massachusetts Battery, when commanded by Lieutenant Chamberlain, his superior officer, to report for duty at camp, did refuse, and did not return to duty, as so ordered. This at New Orleans, on July 220, 1863."

To which charges and specifications the accused pleaded as follows:
To the 1st specification, 1st charge—“Guilty.”
To the 2d specification, 1st charge“ Guilty.”
To the 1st charge-.“ Not Guilty.”
To the specification, 20 charge--" Not Guilty."
To the 2d charge—“Not Guilty.”

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

Of the 1st specification, 1st charge—“ Guilty.”
Of the 2d specification, 1st charge—“ Guilty."
Of the 1st charge-"Guilty.”
Of the specification, 2d charge—“Guilty.”

Of the 2d charge—“Guilty.” And does therefore sentence him “ to be dismissed the service of the United States, and forfeit all pay and allowances now due, or which may become due.”

II. Before a General Court Martial convened at the Headquarters, Department of the Gulf, on the 7th day of July, 1863, pursuant to Special Orders No. 162, of July 6th, 1863, of these Headquarters, and of which Captain RICHARD C. DURYEA, Ist Artillery, is President, was arraigned and tried :

Artificer Thomas D. Barnes, Battery G, 5th U.S. Artillery.

CHARGE FIRST.

Conduct to the prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline.SPECIFICATION -"In this, that he, the said Thomas D. Barnes, Artificer, Battery G, 5th Regiment U. S, Artillery, was so drunk as to be incapacitated for duty. All this near port Hudson, La., on or about the 25th day of June, 1863.”

CHARGE SECOND.

Disobedience of Orders." SPECIFICATION—"In this, that the said Thomas D. Barnes, Battery G, 5th Regiment U. S. Artillery, having been found drunk at the cook-house, and having been three times ordered by Second Lieutenant E. R. Craft, 5th U. S. Artillery, bis superior officer, to go to his forge, did wilfully disobey said order. All this near Port Hudson, La., on or about the 25th of June, 1863.”'

CHARGE THIRD.

Using Disrespectful Language to his Superior Officer." SPECIFICATION—“In this, that he, the said Thomas D. Barnes, Battery G, 5th Regiment U.S. Artillery, did, on receiving a legal order from Second Lieutenant E. R. Craft, 5th U. S. Artillery, reply to him in a disrespectful manner, and when repeatedly ordered to be silent, did continue talking. All this near Port Hudson, La., on or about the 26th day of June, 1863."

CHARGE FOURTII.

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Offering Violence to his Superior Officer." SPECIFICATION—“ In this, that the said Thomas D. Barnes, Artificer, Battery G, 5th Regiment U. S. Artillery, did discharge at Second Lieutenant E. R. Craft, 5th Regiment U. S. Artillery, bis superior officer, he being in the execution of his office, a loaded musket, with evident intention to kill the said Second Lieutenant E. R. Craft. All this near Port Hudson, La., on or about the 25th day of June, 1863."

To all of which charges and specifications the accused pleaded “ Not Guilty.”

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

Of the specification, 1st charge--"Guilty.”
Of the 1st charge--"Guilty.”
Of the specification, 2d charge-"Guilty."
Of the 2d charge--"Guilty.”
Of the specification, 3d charge-"Guilty."
Of the 3d charge--"Guilty."
Of the specification, 4th charge—(No finding).

Of the 4th charge-(No finding). And does therefore sentence him" to forfeit to the United States ten dollars of his monthly pay for three months."

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III. The proceedings, findings and sentence in the case of Second Lieutenant Charles W. Weeber, 12th Massachusetts Battery, are confirmed. He ceases from this dale to be an officer in the military service of the United States.

IV. In the case of Artificer Thomas D. Barnes, Battery G, 5th Artillery, the proceedings, findings and sentence are disapproved. The record is fatally and disgracefully defective in omitting the findings to the most important charge and specification. There can be no excuse for so shameful a neglect of duty. As circumstances prevent the reassembling of the Court for the revision of its record, it, in this case, enables a gross offender to escape punishment. Artificer Thomas D. Barnes, Battery G, 5th Artillery, will be released from confinement and returned to duty.

V. The proceedings, findings and sentence in the case of First Lieutenant John T. Shepard, 90th Regiment New York Volunteers, as promulgated in General Orders No. 48, current ries, from these Headquarters, are confirmed. The exec tion of the sentence is, however, suspended until the pleasure of the President can

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