91st PA--regimental letters and order, 22 August 1863

Regimental letters and orders, 22 August 1863

[source: regimental letters book]

[see circular received, #24, from brigade HQ, received 22 August 1863]

Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa. Vols.
August 22nd 1863
Capt. A. S. Marvin
Asst. Adj't. Genl.
Captain

In compliance with circular from Brig. Head Qr. of this date, I have the honor to report that the provisions of Genl. Orders referred to have been complied with in the case of the following named enlisted men.

John T. Lott Co. "H" [He was transferred to the VRC on 1 July 1863]
James Gorman " "D" not Co "C" [Bates does not list a James Gorman, but does list two John Gorman's in co D; one was transferred to the VRC on 15 July 1863, and the other was discharged on surgeon's certificate on 13 Dec 1863--I assume the first is the person referred to here, because the other two people mentioned in this letter were also transferred to the VRC in July 1863]

The name of Adolphus Smith was not previously reported to me. his descriptive list and military history will be furnished at once. [He was transfered to the VRC on 30 July 1863]

I am Captain
Very Respectfully
Your Obedient Servant
Joseph H. Sinex
Lieut Col. Commdg

Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa. Vols
August 22nd 1863
"Circular"

Company commanders who have not sent in their Ordnance returns including the last day [the preceding 4 words are written over something] of June 1863 [the year is written over something] will complete them and send them in to these Head Quarters before 6 oclock P. M. to day

The December return being defective will also be corrected

By Order of
Jos. H. Sinex
Lieut Col Commdg
B. J. Tayman
Adjt
[see consolidated morning report, 91st PA, 22 Aug 1863]
Head Quarters 91st Reg. Pa. Vols.
August 22nd /63
Special Order No 59

The following companies will be ready to report for Picket duty this morning at 8 1/2 O clock precisely

Company"E"1 Sergt.2 Corpl15 men
""G"1 "--10 "
[Note: 'G' is written over something--perhaps 'H'--and is almost illegible]

Capt Casner Co. "K" and Lieut Francis Co. "F" will accompany the detail

By Order of
Jos. H Sinex
Lieut Col. Commdg
B. J. Tayman
Adjt
[see the record]

Charges and specifications preferred against Morris Kayser 1st Lieut Co. "B" 91st Reg. Pa. Vols

Charge 1st = Absence without leave

Specification 1st = In this that he the same Morris Kayser 1st Lieut Co "B" 91st Reg. Pa. Vols. did leave his company and Regt. without permission from proper authority. This at camp near Falmouth Va on or about the 9nt day of February 1863

Specification 2nd In this that he the said Morris Kayser 1st Lieut Co "B" 91st Reg Pa Vols while his Company and Regiment ['and Regiment seems to be written over 'on Picket'] were on Picket duty and while he the same Morris Kayser 1st Lieut Co "B" 91st Pa Vols. was reported sick in camp did take advantage of the absence of his company and Regiment and visited--Philadelphia Pa without permission from his commanding officer and remained absent from the 19nt to the 23rd of February 1863 to the detriment and injury of the service and his regiment. This at Camp near Falmouth Va. between the 19nt and 23rd days of February 1863


Charge 2nd Positive and wilfull disobedience of Orders

Specification In this that he the said Morris Kayser 1st Lieut Co. "B" 91st Reg. Pa. Vols when relieved from duty as Acting Adjutant and when ordered by his Commanding Officer to report to Captain A. H. Bowman Co. "B" 91st Reg. Pa. Vols for duty did refuse to obey the order in the following letters and figures to wit Camp near United States Ford Va June 11nt 1863. Lieut B. J. Tayman Adjutant 91st Reg. Pa. Vols. Lieutenant, Having been relieved from duty as Acting Adjutant, I therefore most respectfully but positively refuse returning to duty in Co "B" I am Lieutenant, Very Respectfully Yours &c Morris Kayser 1st Lieut Co "B" 91st Reg. Pa Vols. All this while the Reg. was stationed near United States Ford Va on or about June 11nt 1863

B. J. Tayman
1st Lieut & Adjt 91st Reg. Pa. Vols.

Witnesses
Edgar M. Gregory Col. 91st Reg Pa. Vols
Benjm J. Tayman Adjt " " " "
Eli G Sellars Captain Co "G" 91st Reg. Pa. Vols.
H. J. Shipley 2nd Lieut " " " " " "
J. A Gregory " " Co "B" " " " "
Chas Leipold Private Co. "A" " " " "
Wm McCalla " " "G" " " " "

Head Quarters 5th Army Corps ['5th Army' seems to be written over something else]
Camp near Beverly Ford Va. Aug 22nd 1863
Genl Orders
No. 36

II Before a General Court Martial of which Lieut Col. Lewis Ernst 140th Reg. New York Vols. is President convened at Camp of 3rd Brigade 2nd Div. by virtue of Special Orders No. 1 from Hd. Qrs. 2nd Division of July 29nt /63 was arraigned and tried

1st Lieut Morris Kayser Co. "B" 91st Reg. Pa. Vols
Charge 1st Absence without leave
Charge 2nd Positive and wilfull disobedience of orders
Charge 3rd Absence without leave proceedings [sic; 'Absence without leave' seems to be written over something]

The court finds the accused guilty on the three charges and sentences him to forfeit all pay and allowances for the period of two months

Extract II The proceedings, findings, and sentence in the case of Lieut Morris Kayser 91st Reg. Pa. Vols. are approved but the sentence is entirely inadequate to the offense of which he is found guilty. In time of War, wilfull disobedience of Orders merits death; dismissal from the service would be a lenient punishment for such an offence. This Officer is also found guilty of leaving his Regiment and visiting Philadelphia without permission and at a time when the testimony established that the Regiment was on picket duty [Locke uses this phrasing because the court found him not guilty on the specification claiming that he was awol when the regiment was on picket duty] The inference is that he took advantage of the absence of his Regiment from Camp to commit and [sic] act that he might be found out in, had it been present. The court think [sic] all these offences are amply atoned for by depriving Lieut Kayser of a few dollars. Comment is superfluous.

This Officer will resume his sword and duties
By Command of Major Genl Locke
(Signed) Fred. T. Locke
Asst Adjt. Genl

Head Quarters 2nd Brig 2nd Div. 5th Army Corps
August 1863
"Official"
(Signed) A. S. Marvin Jr
Asst. Adjt Genl

Head Quarters 91st Reg Pa Vols
August 25th 1863
"official"
B. J. Tayman
Adjutant

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