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of July, eighteen burdred and sixty-three, (1863) at the Parish of Pointe Coupee, in the State of Louisiana, did wilfully and feloniously steal, take and carry away, of the property of Francis Bouligny, legal tender treasury notes of the United States of America, as follows: Six notes of the denomination of one hundred dollars each, twelve notes of the denomination of twenty dollars each, and one note of the denomination of ten dollars, all of the value of eight hundred and fifty dollars; also, twenty-five dollars in silver coin, of the value of twenty-five dollars ; and also twelve hundred and sixty five dollars, in various denominations, of notes of the socalled Confederate States of America, of the value of two hundred dollars. A more particular description of which property is unknown and cannot be ascertained. Also six pairs of men's cotton socks, unbleached, and one small revolver, carrying metallic cartridges, barrel about four inches long, silver mounted, no guard over the trigger. A more particular description of which is unknown and cannot be ascertained.”
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 to 1st charge--"Guilty," except the words “ Confederate money."
Of the 1st charge--No finding.
Of the specification to 2d charge--.“ Guilty, except the words · Confederate money.'
Of the 2d charge,-- Guilty."
Of the 3d charge--- Guilty.” And does therefore seu. ne the accused, Lieutenant H. C. Steer, 94th Regiment Illinois Volunteers, “ to we dismissed the service and forfeit all pay due bim from the Government, and further, that he be confined at hard labor at such place as the General Commanding the Department may direct, for the term of two (2) years, it heing in accordance with the laws of the State of Louisiana.
VII. Before a General Court Martial, convened pursuant to Special Orders No. 12, of October 15th, 1863 from the Headquarters, 2d Division, 13th Army Corps. and of which Major A. H. PettiBONE, 20th Rogiment Wisconsin Infantry, is Presi. dent, was arraigned and tried :
Captain Oliver S. Risdon, 22d Regiment Corps d'Afrique.
CHARGE. “ Conduct lo the prejudice of Good Order and Military Discipline." FINDING: Of the charge—“Guilty.” And the Court does therefore sentence bim, Captain Oliver S. Risdon, 220 Regiment Corps d'Afrique, “ to be suspended from his command, with the loss of pay and
allowances, for one month ; and in addition thereto, to forfeiture of one half of his pay and allowances for six months, to be deducted monthly; and to bo reprimanded by the Commanding General in a General Order to the Corps d'Afrique.”
VIII. The proceedings, findings and sentence in the case of First Lieutenant E. A. Palmer, 41h Regiment Corps d'Afrique, are confirmed. He ceases from this date to be an officer in the military service of the United States.
In the cases of Privates Hugh Shannon and Maurice Andrews, Company K, 1734 Regiment New York Volunteers, the proceedings, findings and sentences are confirmed. As, however, the offenses were not of an aggravated character, and were not, in fact, desertions from the service, the sentences are suspended until the pleasure of the President can be known, aud their mitigation is respectfully recommended.
In the case of First Lieutenant Rollin M. Green, 7th Regiment Vermont Volunteers, the evidence is inconclusive. The proceedings, findings and sentence are therefore disapproved, and First Lieuteannt Rollin M. Green will resume his sword and return to duty.
The proceedings, findings and sentence in the case of Private Charles Cameron, Company B, 131st Regiment New York Volunteers, are approved. Private Charles Cameron will accordingly be shot to death with musketry, at a time and place to be hereafter designated,
In the case of Second Lieutenant John W. Osborn, Company A, 7th Regiment: of Infantry, Corps d'Afrique, the proceedings and findings under the third chargo are disapproved, the charge being imperfect. The sentence, however, is sustained by the findings to the remaining charges, and is approved. Upon the recommendation of the Court, and considering the provocation given, the sentence is suspended and its mitigation respectfully recommended.
The proceedings, findings and sentence in the case of First Lieutenant Henry C. Steers, 94th Regiment Illinois Voluçteers, are dissapproved. The whole record shows great and unpardonable negligence, and is grossly defective in the following respects :
ist. The names of the members present are not given in full. One is mentioned as “Captain E. G.”
2d. The record does not show that there was any finding to the first charge.
The proceedings, findings and sentence in the case of Captain Oliver S. Risdon, 220 Regiment Corps d'Afrique, are approved. The sentence will be carried into execution. A severer one might justly have been imposed.
The proceedings in the cases of Captain Lawrens J. Joyce, 15th Regiment Maine Volunteers, Assistant Surgeon Floyer G. Kittridge, 31st Regiment Massachusetts Volunteers, Colonel Joseph S. Morgan, 90th Regiment New York Volunteers, promulgated in General Orders Nos. 33, 46 and 67, current series, from these Headquarters, having been disapproved, they will resume their swords and return to duty.
The proceedings in the cases of Corporal William N. Lancaster, Company A, 24th Regiment Maine Volunteers, and Private John Griffith, Company G, 174th Regiment New York Volunteers, promulgated in General Orders Nos. 48 and 67, current series, from these Headquarters, having been disapproved, they will be released from confinement and returned to duty.
BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL BANKS :
G. NORMAN LIEBER,
Acting Assistant Adjulant General.
Acling Assistant Adjutant Generai.
HEADQUARTERS, DEPARTMENT OF THE GULF,
Nero Orleans, October 27, 1863.
I. All persons of Color coming within the lines of the army, or following the army when in the field, other than those employed in the Staff Department of the army, or as servants of officers entitled by the Regulations to have servants, or cooks, will be placed in charge of and provided for by the several Provost Marshals of the Parishes, or if the army be on the march, or in the field, by the Provost Marshal of the Army.
II. The several Provost Marshals of the Parishes and of the Army wiil promptly forward to the nearest recruiting depot all able bodied males for service in the Corps d'Afrique.
III. Recruits will be received for the Corps d'Afrique of all able bodied men from sections of the country not occcupied by our forces, and beyond our lines, without regard to the enrollment provided for in General Orders No. 64 and 70, from these Headquarters.
IV. Instructions will be given by the President of the Commission of Enrollment to the Superintendent of Recruiting, to govern in all matters of detail relating to recruiting, and officers will be held to a strict accountability for the faithful observance of existing orders and such instructions ; but no officer will be authorized to recruit beyond the lines without first having his order approved by the officer commanding the nearest post, or the officer commanding the Army in the Field, who will render such assistance as may be necessary to make the recruiting service effective.
BY COMMAND OF MAJOR GENERAL BANKS :
G. NORMAN LIEBER, Acting Assistant Adjutant General.
Acting Assistant Adjutant General.