Forwarding Report of Court-Martial, with Consideration of Execution for Desertion as an Example

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Date May 27, 1799
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Department
Recipient Name John Adams (primary)
Summary Forwards the proceedings of a court-martial held in April at New York City, convened by the order of General Hamilton. Sgt. Richard Hunter, of the 2d Regiment of Artillerists & Engineers, was charged with desertion and of carrying off the payroll funds of his company, with which he was entrusted. Hunter pled guilty, and was convicted on all charges. McHenry notes that desertion is prevalent among the troops, and suggests that reinforcing examples will help assuage this. McHenry believes Hunter a fine candidate for military execution. Encloses the forms of both a pardon and a warrant for execution, subject to the president's wishes.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Cited in Adams to McHenry, 06/05/1799. Multiple copies of the document exist, listed under separate collections below.
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Related Persons/Groups John Adams; James McHenry; Major General Alexander Hamilton; Richard Hunt; sergeant; 2nd Regiment of Artillerists and Engineers; Captain Still; ;
Related Places War Department; New York City Hall; West Point; ;
Keywords proceedings; court martial; trial; desertion; pay; money; death sentence; breach of trust; warrant of execution; seal of the War Office; ;
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