War Between the States

Deserter is to be shot dead with musketry!

3 pages, 5 x 8, imprint.

Head Quarters Department of the Cumberland,
Murfreesboro, Tenn., May 16, 1863

General Orders,
No. 112

At a General Court Martial convened at the Head Quarters of Brig. Gen. Van Cleve, near Murfreesboro, Tenn...and of which Col. G.H. Cram, 9th Kentucky Infantry, is President, was arraigned and tried-

Gives the charges, specifications, findings and sentences in the court martial cases of Captain W.S. Story, Co. C, 44th Indiana Infantry, and Private John H. Clark, Co. F, 86th Indiana Infantry.

Captain Story was charged with drunkenness and the specifications state that he became so drunk as to disqualify him for duty...that while drunk, he entered the tent of Lieut. Col. S.C. Aldrich, and threw or tripped over water that went on his papers, he also grabbed some papers and attempted to throw them into the fire, he also entered the Adjutant's tent, tipped over his ink, and conducted himself in a very boisterous manner.

Charge II was violation of the 77th Article of War in which while under arrest, Captain Story left his quarters without leave and went to the hospital nearly one half mile from camp.

Charge III was conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline. Story said that he got drunk so that he could get out of the service.

The court found him guilty on all of the charges and specifications and sentenced him to be cashiered, and to forfeit all pay and allowances due him from the government of the U.S.

The second court martial contained in this document was for Private John H. Clark, Co. F, 86th Indiana Infantry, who was charged with desertion. The specification states that on Feb. 11, 1863, he was placed on guard duty at the Rail Road Bridge, near Nashville, Tenn., when he deserted, and he remained absent until April 13, 1863, when he was apprehended as a deserter, and brought back to the camp of his regiment. He was found guilty of the charges and specifications and sentenced to be shot to death with musketry.

By Command Of Major General Rosecrans:
C. Goddard,
Assistant Adjutant General

Official:
H. Thrall
Assistant Adjutant General

Light age toning. There are 2 tiny punch holes near the left edge which do not affect any of the content.

Henry Thrall, was commissioned Captain, 2nd Ohio Infantry, April 17, 1861; mustered out of this regiment, Aug. 5, 1861; commissioned Captain, Assistant Adjutant General, U.S. Vols., Aug. 20, 1861; died on Sept. 18, 1863.

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