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IV. Before a General Court Martial, convened at Opelousas, La., pursuant to General Orders No. 30, of May 21, 1863, from the Headquarters, 3d Division, 19th Army Corps, and of which Colonel J. W. KIMBALL, 53d Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, is President, were arraigned and tried :

1. 1st Lieutenant W. H. H. Smith, 20 Rhode Island Cavalry.

CHARGE-* Conduct to the prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline."

SPECIFICATION—“ In this, that he, W. II. H. Smith, 1st Lieutenant 2d Rhode Island Cavalry, being placed upon picket, deserted his post, and was absent five hours. This at Opelousas, La , April 27, 1863."

To which the accused pleaded as follows:
To the specification-- Guilty."
To the charge— Not Guilty."
The Court, after mature deliberation, finds the accused as follows:
Of the specification--"Guilty.”

Of the charge--"Guilty."
And does therefore sentence bim, 1st Lieutenant W. H. H. Smith, 2d Rhode Island
Cavalry, " to be dismissed from the service of the United States."

2. Captain Ross Deegan, 162d Regiment New York Volunteers. Charge 1st--" Conduct to the prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline."

SPECIFICATION Ist-_“ In this, that be, the said Captain Ross Deegan, 162d Regiment New York Volunteers, refused to sign his name to an order issued by Lieutenant Colonel Blanchard of said regiment, it being required that company commandants should sign all orders issued by the regimental commanders, as evidence that they had seen and read them. This at Bayou Monteseno, La., March 19, 1863.”

SPECIFICATION 20—" In this, that the said Captain Ross Deegan has caused a document to be gotten up and circulated in the 1620 Regiment New York Volunteers, (and to which document he, the said Captain Deegan, had subscribed his name,) the object of which document is the removal of the said Lieutenant Colonel Blanchard from office, and that in said document contempt for the said Lientenant Colonel Blanchard is expressed ; and that furthermore, by means of the said document, the said Captain Ross Deegan has created a party of which he is the acknowledged leader, and that the existence of said party is destructive to the discipline and effectiveness of the said 162d Regiment. This at Baton Rouge, March 25, 1863."

SPECIFICATION 30—" In this, that he, the said Captain Ross Deegan, being asked by Lieutenant Colonel Blanchard if his company were provided with four days cooked rations, replied in a very impudent manner tható he did not know,' and that the said Lieutenant Colonel Blarchard asked him, the said Captain Ross Deegan, Company A, 162d Regiment New York Volunteers, again, if his company had four days cooked rations with them, to which question he (the said Captain Deegan)

again replied that he did not know, and that verbal orders from Colonel Ingraham to the effect that the men should carry two days cooked rations in their haversacks and two days cooked rations in their knapsacks had been communicated to him, the said Captain Ross Deegan, Company A, 162d Regiment New York State Volunteers, and also to other company commandants, and that in consequence of the said Captain Ross Deegan's refusing to answer the said Lieutenant Colonel Blanchard's question, the said Lieutenant Colonel Blanchard was obliged to inquire of the enlisted men of Captain Deegan's company, in order to discover if they had the required number of rations or not. This at Baton Rouge, March 13, 1863."

SPECIFICATION 4th-"* In this, that the said Captain Ross Deegan, Company A, 162d Regiment New York Volunteers, baving drawn from the commissary of his regiment five days cooked rations for the use of the enlisted men of his company, did dispose of, or else did suffer the aforesaid enlisted men of his company (A) to consume the entire number of rations, drawn for the said period of five days, within the space of forty-eight hours, or thereabouts, thereby exbibiting a lack of care for the good condition and weifare of the enlisted men under his command. This at Baton Rouge, La., March 13, 1863."

SPECIFICATION 5th—-" In this, that he, the said Captain Ross Deegan, Company A, 162d Regiment New York State Volunteers, being on picket duty with bis company, did shamefully and grossly neglect the duties devolving upon him (the said Captain Ross Deegan) as the officer of the picket guard, and allowed his men to perform their duty in a lax, regardless manner, and even allowed them to take off their equipments while on post, and that he (the said Captain Ross Deegan) exerted no vigilance whatever, thereby endangering the safety of the camps which were in and about Baton Rouge. This on the march to Port Hudson, on or about March 13, 1863.”

Supplementary Specification to Charge 1st-.“ In this, that he, the said Captain Ross Deegan, 162d Regiment New York Volunteers, on the evening of April 1st 1863, did play at cards with an enlisted man of said 1620 Regiment New York State Volunteers, while on board the steamboat St. Maurice. oa her passage from Baton Rouge to Algiers, La.” Supplementary Charge and Specification

CHARGE-_- Breaking his Arrest." SPECIFICATION—" In this, that he, the said Captain Ross Deegan, Company A. 1620 Regiment New York Volunteers, being under arrest, did absent himself from camp without permission, and remain so absent for four hours and upward. This at Barre's Landing, La., April 26, 1863.”

To which charges and specifications the accused pleased as follows:
To specification ist, charge 1st-"Guilty.”
To specification 2d, charge 1st-- " Not Guilty."

To specification 31, charge 1st--"Guilty of answering in manner stated in specification."

To specification Ith, charge Ist—" Not Guiliy."
To specification 5th, charge 1st: “ Not Guilty."
To supplementary specification Guilty."
To charge 1st Not Guilty."
To specitication of supplementary charge. --- Guilty:''
To supplementary charge--"Guilty."
After mature deliberation, the Court finds the accused as follows:
Of the 1st specification to the 1st charge--- Guilty.”
Of the 2d specification to the 1st charge---- Not Guilty."

Of the 3d specification to the 1st charge--- Guilty of answering in manner stated in specification."

Of the 4th specification to the 1st charge----- Not Guilty."
Of the 5th specification to the 1st charge---- Not Guilty."
Of the supplementary specification to the 1st charge--" Guilty.'
Of the 1st charge--"Guilty."
Of the specification to the supplementary charge - Guilty."

Of the supplementary charge---"Guilty.”
And does therefore sentence him, Captain Ross Deegan, 162d Regiment New York
Volunteers, “ to be cashiered."

V. In the case of 2d Lieutenant Frederick J. Fuller, 8th Vermont Volunteers, the proceedings and findings under the second charge are disapproved, there being no evidence to sustain it. The proceedings and findings under the first and second additional charges are disapproved. If the evidence before the Court was not sufficient to sustain the charge of“ ('onduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman,” it will be found difficult ever to prove such a charge. Under the second additional charge, the Court finds the accused "Not Guilty" of the specification but“ Guilty" of the charge, which is an absurdity. The charge is also an improper one. The proceedings, findings and sentences under the first charge, the third, fourth, fifth and sixth additional charges are confirmed.

20 Lieutenant Frederick J. Fuller, 8th Vermont Volunteers, ceases from this (ale to be an officer in the military service of the l'nited States.

In the case of 20 Lieutenant Carter H. Nason, 8th Vermont Volunteers, the proceedings, findings and sentence under the first charge are disapproved, the Court having found the accused “ Not Guilty" of the specification but":Guilty" of the charge. The proceedings, findings and sentence under the additional charges and specifications are approved.

20 Lieutenant Carter II. Nason, 8th Regiment Vermont Volanteers, ceases from this date to be an officer in the military service of the United States.

The proceedings in the case of Private Allen M. Wheeler, Company I, 8th Regiment Vermont Volunteers, are approved. The sentence will be carried into execution at Fort Jackson, Louisiana.

In the case of Sergeant Major J. W. Haigbt, Jr., 75th Regiment New York Vol. unteers, the proceedings and findings under the first charge are disapproved, there being to such military offence. The proceedings and findings under the second charge and the sentence are approved. It will be carried into execution at Fort Jackson, Louiginna.

In the case of Sergeant E. B. Fish, Company F, 75th Regiment New York Volunteers, the proceedings, findings and sentence are disapproved. If convinced that there was no evil intent, the Court should bave found " Guilty, but attach no criminality thereto." There was, however, no evidence to warrant such a finding. The statement of the accused, unsupported by evidence before the Court, is no tadmissible. The sentence is a farce. Sergeant Fish will be released from arrest and returned to duty.

In the cases of Privates William A. Decker and George Clemens, Company F, 8th Regiment Vermont Volunteers, the proceedings are confirmed, though not approved. The punishment for desertion is death, and the fact that the accused enlisted in other organizations is no mitigating circumstance. The sentences will be executed.

The proceedings, findings and sentence in the case of Private James Coyl, Ist Battery Maine Volunteers, are disapproved, the Court baving found the accused not guilty of the specification, but guilty of the charge. Neither is there such a punishment as a reprimand for an enlisted man. He will be released from confinement and returned to duty.

In the case of Private John Connelly, Company B, 1st Louisiana Cavalry, the proceedings are approved. He will be released from confinement and returned to duty.

The proceedings, findings and sentence in the case of Private Edward White, Company D, 8th Regiment Vermont Volunteers, are confirmed, though not approved. The sentence should have been death. Ship Island is indicated as the place of confinemeni.

The proceedings, findings and sentence in the case of Private Pbilip Farley, 12th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, is approved, and the sentence will be carried into execution.

In the case of Private Charles Manning, Ist Maine Battery, the proceedings. findings and sentence are confirmed, though not approved. The punishment should have been a capital one.

In the case of Private James H. Lane, Company B, 12th Regiment Connecticut Volunteers, the proceedings are disapproved, the prosecution having no right to offer evidence on a plea of guilty. The sentence is, however, confirmed.

The proceedings, findings and sentences in the case of Private Timothy Sullivan, Company I, 8th Regiment Vermont Volunteers, Corporal Royal D. Blodgett, Company C, 75th Regiment New York Volunteers, Private Silas Gardner, Company B, 2d Massachusetts Cavalry, and Sergeant John M. Allen, Company G, 75th Regiment New York Volunteers, are approved, and the sentences will be carried into execution.

The proceedings and findings in the cases of Private Harrison Sebring, Company G, 75th Regiment New York Volunteers, and Private Harlan Perkins, Company F, 75th Regiment New York Volunteers, are approved. They will be released from confinement and returned to duty.

The proceedings, findings and sentence in the case of Private David Larock, Company F, 8th Regiment Vermont Volunteers, are confirmed. though disapproved, being inadequate to the offence.

The proceedings, findings and sentences in the case of Second Lieutenant Emil Peterson, 3d Louisiana Native Guards, and First Lieutenant W. H. H. Smith, 2d Rhode Island Cavalry, are approved, and these officers cease from this date to be officers in the military service of the United States.

The proceedings in the cases of Captain Ross Deegan, 162d Regiment New York Volunteers, and Captain H. B. Brown, 161st Regiment New York Volunteers, are disapproved, and the execution of the sentences suspended. These officers were tried by courts some of the members of which were of an inferior rank to the accused. They are, however, recommended to the President for dismissal from the service.

The proceedings, findings and sentence in the case of Captain Lawrens J. Joyce, 15th Regiment Maine Volunteers, are disapproved, the evidence not being satisfactory to the mind of the Major General Commanding. The execution of the sentence is suspended until the pleasure of the President can be known.

VI. The General_Court Martial, of which First Lieutenant J. H. HINMAN, 75th Regiment New York Volunteers, is President, is dissolved.

BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL BANKS :

RICHARD B. IRWIN,

Assistant Adjutant General.

OFFICIAL:

Aide-de-Camp.

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