<br /> Lee Letter: g083

Washington and Lee University

Sender: Robert E. Lee, Special Orders No 96
Recipient:

Special Orders No 96 V

So much of the sentences in the following cases as remains unexecuted are remitted, To wit in the case of

1. Private B. F. Coffman Co “G” 52 Va Regt on account of his youth and the mitigating circumstances developed on the trial

2. Private D. C. Courtney Co “C” 9th Va Cavy on account of the mitigating circumstances developed on the trial, and the unanimous recommendation of the Court

3. Private Thomas Y. Ward Co “H” 44 – N.C. Regt on account of the mitigating circumstances developed on the trial

4. Private G. G. Fulcher Co “F” – 47 Va Regt on account of his previous good character as a soldier, and the unanimous recommendations of his commanding officers

5. Private Albert Osborn Co “A” 22 Ga Regt on account of the resistance he offered to his elder brother’s persuasions to desert and the practical repentance he exhibited after yielding – inducing the party deserting to return to their duty before reaching their homes

6. Pvts. Wm Bracket[,] Robt Bracket[,] Joseph Queen[,] Marada Queen[,] Henry Buff[,]James T. Pool[,] Alex Pool[,] John Janeey[,] David W. White[.] Graham’s Battery N.C. Troops In consideration of their previous excellent character and the gallantry they have displayed in action

7. Private John Fisher Co “C” 2 – N. C. Regt, on account of his gallantry at the battle of Chancellorsville, his steadfast devotion to the cause and his youthfulness

8. Private W. H. Dorton Co “E” 48 Va Regt, on account of the mitigating circumstances of the case and his previous excellent character as a soldier

9. Private James Dwyer Co “K” 49 Va – Regt, on account of the mitigating circumstances in his case proved subsequent at his trial

10. Pvts. Wm. F. Robinson Co “K”[,] Jno. W. Robinson 63 – N.C. T. On account of their previous excellent character as soldiers and the mitigating circumstances developed on their trial

11. Private W. H. P. Jones Troop Artillery, on account of the mitigating circumstances developed in his case

12. Pvts. Geo M. Gunn[,] Geo W. Phillips[,] Danl J. Sutton[.] Co “G” 31 Va Inf[.] On account of their previous characters as soldiers, and of the high degree of probability which exists that they were misled by officers, to whom it was natural for them to look to for guidance

13. Private C. B. Pryor Co “K” 53 – N. G. Regt on account of his previous character as a soldier and the facts developed subsequently to his trial

14. Private Marion Budges, Rives’ Battery on account of his youth and the circumstances in his case tending to mislead one of his inexperience

15. Pvts. J. M. Stricklin[,] Joseph Price[.] Co “G” 55 N.C. Regt[.] On account of events which have occurred since their trial

The foregoing will be returned under guard to their respective commands and then restored to duty.

In returning to their duty, the Genl Comdg, hopes that the above named will avail themselves of the approaching campaign to redeem themselves from the stigma of cowardice, desertion etc. now attached to them and will by their future conduct win for themselves not only forgetfulness of their past crimes but also a reputation of which their children and country may be proud. (End)

By comd. Genl R E Lee

W. H. Taylor, A.A.G.

Notes:

W. J. De Renne CollectionWormsloe, Chatham County, Georgia (1914)

Printed in Douglas Southall Freeman, Lee’s Dispatches, Dispatch No. 83.