Orders--91st PA--12 September 1862

orders--12 September 1862

[source: National Archives and Records Administration. They sent me this printed order as part of Alpheus Bowman's court martial record.]
[I have proofread this transcription.]


GENERAL ORDERS. No. 27
HEADQUARTERS MILITARY DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON, Sept. 12, 1862.

I...Before a General Court Martial, of which Lieutenant Colonel [Edward] WALLACE, 91st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, is President, convened at Alexandria, Va., by virtue of Special Orders, No. 157, from these Headquarters, of August 9th, 1862, were arraigned and tried--

1. Captain Alpheus H. Bowman, Company B, 91st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, on the following charge and specification:

CHARGE.--"Conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman." [see article 83, Articles of War]

Specification--"That Captain Alpheus H. Bowman, Company B, 91st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, did use coarse and ungentlemanly language towards Lieutenant Morris Kayser; saying 'You are a liar, you God damned son of a bitch,' and did then and there raise his hand and strike him, the said Lieutenant Morris Kayser, in the face. This at Regimental Headquarters, Alexandria, Va., July 26th, 1862."

To which charge and specification the accused pleaded as follows:

To Specification, "Not Guilty."

To CHARGE, "Not Guilty."

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

Of Specification, "Guilty."

Of CHARGE, "Guilty."

And do therefore sentence the accused, Captain Alpheus H. Bowman, Company B, 91st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, "To be dismissed the service of the United States."

2. Lieutenant E. Carroll Brewster, Company F, 91st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, on the following charges and specifications:

CHARGE 1st.--"Drunkenness on duty." [see article 45, Articles of War]

Specification--"That Second Lieutenant E. Carroll Brewster, Company F, 91st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, while on duty as Officer of the Guard at slave pen, did become so drunk as to be unable to perform his duty properly. This at Alexandria, Va., on or about the 8th day of August, 1862."

CHARGE 2d.--"Violation of 81st Article of War."

Specification--"That second Lieutenant E. Carroll Brewster, Company F, 91st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, while on duty as Officer of the Guard at slave pen, did release without proper authority Private Levi Elder, 69th Regiment New York Volunteers, placed under his charge by Captain John D. Lentz, 91st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, Deputy Provost Marshal, and Private [Patrick] Gallagher, of Company B, 91st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers. This at Alexandria, Va., on or about the 8th day of August, 1862."

To which charges and specifications the accused pleaded as follow:

To Specification, 1st Charge, "Not Guilty."

To 1st CHARGE, "Not Guilty."

To Specification, 2d Charge, "Not Guilty."

To 2d CHARGE, "Not Guilty."

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

Of Specification, 1st Charge, "Guilty."

Of 1st CHARGE, "Guilty."

Of Specification, 2d Charge, "Guilty."

Of 2d CHARGE, "Guilty."

And do therefore sentence the prisoner, E. Carroll Brewster, Second Lieutenant, Company F, 91st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, "To be dismissed the service of the United States."

II...The proceedings in the cases of Captain Alpheus H. Bowman, Company B, 91st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, and Second Lieutenant E. Carroll Brewster, Company F, 91st Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, are confirmed. They therefore cease to be officers of the United States service from this date.

BY COMMAND OF BRIGADIER GENERAL WADSWORTH:


JOHN P. SHERBURNE
Assistant Adjutant General.
OFFICIAL: [handwritten signature:] H [?] Mendly [??] Maj. Aide-de-Camp.

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