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April 9, 1794 Desertion Matthias Williamson Captain Thomas Martin Gov't role in desertion of soldiers, Williamson to inquire after Murray's location.
1799 Regarding the punishment for desertion War Department [not available] States that it is expedient to empower the Commanding General of an army to decide and execute upon all sentences of the court martial, including any recommendations of clemency, for the crime of desertion. Discusses penalties for desertion and insists that no pardon ought to be extended to deserters or traitors to the enemy.
May 3, 1799 Discussion of Court Martial for Desertion James McHenry Daniel Strong Responds to decision by General Council and punishment sentenced for desertion.
June 12, 1799 How lightly they talked of desertion. Philip Church Alexander Hamilton Describes a meeting with recently discharged soldiers from Niagara. He is astonished at how lightly they talked of desertion, saying that it was very common and never punished.
July 3, 1799 Checking the Wanton Spirit of Desertion Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton affirms his support of the death sentence for Joseph Perkins for the crime of desertion. He argues that the sentence is fully authorized by the Military Code and is needed to check the wanton spirit of desertion that afflicts the soldiery.
December 7, 1794 Request for Pay of Soldiers to Avoid Desertion Cornelius Sedam Joseph Howell Enclosed muster roll for November, requested pay as troops are in much need of the money and Sedam believed they might desert if pay is not received. He cited the fact that the "laboring men" receive regular pay while the troops have not been paid in four months, which he believed was disheartening.
October 4, 1799 Punishment for Desertion Josias Carvel Hall Alexander Hamilton Hall ruminates on the possible punishments for desertion. He argues that death is too harsh for simple desertion and should be reserved for deserting one's post in the face of the enemy.
September 11, 1798 The Desertion of Philadelphia, Etc. John Clifford Samuel Hodgdon Clifford wants a check for $1000 sent to him and his brother as soon as it is convenient. They have large engagements to meet but are deprived of their ususual sources due to the desertion of Philadelphia. He hopes that Hodgdon and his family are safe from danger during the present calamity.
June 13, 1797 Soldiers Charged with Desertion Staats Morris William Simmons The reason why Pvts. John Sullivan, Hutchinson, and Kershey were mustered without remark was that they had been charged with desertion and sent to Fort Mifflin for trial. When they returned to Fort McHenry, one said he was to be discharged and the other two claimed that they had been pardoned. Even if these claims are true, they should not have been on the payroll since they did not return until...
June 2, 1786 Report on Recent Desertion to Connecticut William Price Henry Knox Informs Knox of a recent desertion incident, and that a party has been sent to Connecticut in pursuit.
April 19, 1794 Deserter Forfeit Pay, Enclosed Muster Rolls for Mounted Volunteers of Kentucky Anthony Wayne Henry Knox Letter, discusses problem of desertion and pay of deserters.
April 20, 1799 Severe Examples to Check a Spirit of Desertion Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Hamilton argues that, even though the Unites States is not legally at war, the sentence of death resulting from the court-martial of Richard Hunt is appropriate as a means to discourage future desertions and because Hunt not only deserted but stole the pay of his company.
May 8, 1798 Updates on Soldiers Pay Due to Desertion Lewis Tousard William Simmons Soldiers given up or captured as deserters had pay suspended. Parker and Edwards to receive court martial.
May 27, 1799 Forwarding Report of Court-Martial, with Consideration of Execution for Desertion as an Example James McHenry John Adams 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...
May 7, 1799 Presidential Pardon to Captain Wright and Tisdale Atwood for Desertion James McHenry Alexander Hamilton Message from the President pardoning Captain Wright and Tisdale Atwood for charges of desertion. Requests careful communication to officers.
June 23, 1794 Arrival of Pay Abeited Desertion Frederick Dalcho Joseph Howell Money arrived at Fort Fidius for pay of troops. The late arrival was the reason many used for plea of desertion. Writing expressing dissatisfaction of men found outside barracks. Howell's assurance of regular pay assuaged men.
February 26, 1801 Certification of payment; Matthew T Russell and Jonathan O. Mosely attorneys , defending Captain Edward Miller, for false imprisonment of David W. Lacey, on suspicion of desertion William Simmons Samuel Dexter Certification of payment; $66 to Matthew T Russell and Jonathan O. Mosely attorneys , defending Captain Edward Miller, for false imprisonment of David W. Lacey, on suspicion of desertion.
January 12, 1798 William Simmons discusses pay, finance and accounting with Lt. Muhlenberg William Simmons Henry Muhlenberg William Simmons requests further information regarding the desertion of Nicholas Doyle from Lt. Henry Muhlenberg.
November 1, 1799 RE Administration of Individual Officers and Soldiers. James Cochran Alexander Hamilton Routine correspondence concerning the appointment, transfer, promotion, discharge, desertion, leave, and assignment of individual officers and soldiers.
November 12, 1799 RE Administration of Individual Officers and Soldiers Alexander Hamilton Charles Cotesworth Pinckney Routine correspondence concerning the appointment, transfer, promotion, discharge, desertion, leave, and assignment of individual officers and soldiers.
November 4, 1799 RE Administration of Iindividual Officers and Soldiers. Alexander Hamilton John H. Buell Routine correspondence concerning the appointment, transfer, promotion, discharge, desertion, leave, and assignment of individual officers and soldiers.
November 13, 1799 RE Administration of Individual Officers and Soldiers Alexander Hamilton Amos Stoddard Routine correspondence concerning the appointment, transfer, promotion, discharge, desertion, leave, and assignment of individual officers and soldiers.
November 12, 1799 RE Administration of Individual Officers and Soldiers Alexander Hamilton Benjamin Bullitt Routine correspondence concerning the appointment, transfer, promotion, discharge, desertion, leave, and assignment of individual officers and soldiers.
January 18, 1800 Letter from the Accountant of the War Department William Simmons Caleb Swan Simmons informs the Paymaster General of monies expended by Lt. John Knight to apprehend William Worsted for desertion.
November 4, 1799 RE Administration of Individual Officers and Soldiers. Alexander Hamilton James McHenry Routine correspondence concerning the appointment, transfer, promotion, discharge, desertion, leave, and assignment of individual officers and soldiers.