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AUCTION 24

Administering Justice in the Army of Occupation

<p>Order 237, p [1]</p>


149.    

[COURTS MARTIAL]. UNITED STATES. ARMY. GENERAL ORDERS. A group of twenty general orders mostly reporting courts martial and boards of inquiry. All are 12mo, disbound, and in generally good condition. All are first editions.

[1] Headquarters of the Army, Puebla, Aug. 6, 1847. General Orders 237 & 249. [1] 2-4 pp. Signed by H.L. Scott.

Garrett & Goodwin, p. 389.

Reports the results of an investigation into Col. Bennett Riley’s conduct at the Battle of Cerro Gordo and finds “that his conduct and that of his command should be suitably noticed in the Official Report of his superiors.”

[2] Headquarters of the Army, Mexico, October 28, 1847. General Orders 327. [1] 2-3 [1, blank] pp.

Eberstadt, p. 71. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 394.

Reports the result of an inquiry into the conduct of Major B.L.E. Bonneville at the Battles of Churubusco, Molina del Rey, and Chapultepec. Finds him guilty of some of the charges and recommends he be admonished.

[3] Headquarters of the Army, Mexico, November 12, 1847. General Orders 345. [1] 2-3 [3, blank] pp.

Eberstadt, p. 71. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 395.

Reports on an inquiry into the drunken behavior of Lieutenant John S. Devlin while on duty. Finds him guilty of several of the charges and orders him cashiered.

[4] Headquarters of the Army, Mexico, December 23, 1847. General Orders 381. [1]-2 [2, blank] pp. Signed by H.L. Scott with contemporary manuscript correction.

Eberstadt, p. 73. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 381.

Reports on an inquiry in Lieutenant Platt S. Titus, who left his guard post at Chapultepec and visited a gambling house. He is sentenced to be reprimanded.

[5] Headquarters of the Army, Mexico, February 4, 1848. General Orders 33 & 45. [1] 2-3 [1, blank] pp.

Eberstadt, p. 74. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 403.

Inquires into the loss of pack mules that resulted from a supply train march consisting of government wagons and a large number of merchants traveling under U.S. protection and which supply train was about seven miles long. It was attacked by guerrillas, resulting in the loss of about 300 pack mules. The train commander, Lieutenant Colonel Miles was found not guilty and instead judged worthy of “high commendation.” An excellent example of the problems with supply trains and the effectiveness of Mexican guerrillas.

[6] Headquarters, Army of Mexico, Mexico, March 9, 1848. Orders 23. [1]-2 [2, blank] pp. Signed by H.L. Scott.

Eberstadt, p. 76. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 407.

Orders further inquiry into a sweetheart deal and others between Captain J. McKinstry and C.P. Garcia for the delivery of blankets, whereby McKinstry received a cut of the profits.

[7] Headquarters, Army of Mexico, Mexico, March 23, 1848. Orders 37. [1] [3, blank] pp. Signed by Lorenzo Thomas.

Eberstadt, p. 76. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 408.

States that Butler must review all death sentences.

[8] Headquarters, Army of Mexico, Mexico, May 11, 1848. Orders 90. [1] [3, blank] pp. Signed by Lorenzo Thomas.

Eberstadt, p. 76. Garrett & Goodwin, p. 410.

Exonerates Colonel M.L. Bonham because he was wounded and could not participate in the battle.

 

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