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Forwarding of Court-Martial Reports, Advice on the Effects of Executions

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CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
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Date April 19, 1799
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name John Adams (primary)
Summary Forwards reports of 2 courts martial. First discusses the charges of Andrew Anderson, a soldier: that he deserted, freed prisoners at the fort, and lost his arms and accoutrements. Anderson was convicted of the first and third charges, and sentenced to hang. In the second, a Sergeant Tisdale was charged with desertion, convicted, and sentenced to be shot. McHenry advises Adams on how "well-placed examples have a beneficial effect on the military service."
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups John Adams; James McHenry; Secretary of War; President United States; Sergeant Tisdale; deserter; prisoners; Andrew Anderson; ;
Related Places War Department;
Keywords desertion; courts martial; arms; accoutrements; conviction; sentence; shot; ;
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