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Unsigned petition of Hd. Qrs. Guibor's Battery, near Columbus, Miss., to Maj. A.T Mason, A.A. Genl., January 16, 1864

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Identifier: D05192

Title: Unsigned petition of Hd. Qrs. Guibor's Battery, near Columbus, Miss., to Maj. A.T Mason, A.A. Genl., January 16, 1864


Regarding the replacement of lieutenants in Guibor's Battery.

Transcription: Hd Qrs Guibor’s Battery

Near Columbus Miss

Jany 16th / 64

Maj. A. P. Mason

A. A. Geril[?]}


Allow us a few moments of your valuable time, in which to present for your consideration and decision, a few facts concerning — deeply concerning, two humble Soldiers of your Army.

We the undersigned, are members of the consolidated Mo Battery known as “Guibors Battery”, of Stewarts Corps We joined the Army of Tenn at Adairs ville[Adairsville] on the 18th of May and since that time While stationed on “Little Kennesaw” our 1st Lieut (McBride) was killed Another Lieut belonging to the Battery has never been with us a single day since the consolidation (4th Nov/63) he is entirely unfit for duty in consequence of a wound rec’d at Vicksburg. nevertheless he has never reported officially to Capt Guibor his whereabouts. Thus you will see there were two vacancies in the consolidated company, This being the case and our Capt and remaining Lieut (Harris) being in very delicate health, Genl French’s chief of Artillery (Maj Storrs) to whose Battaline[Battalion?] ever belonged at the instance of Genl French, ordered an election for two (2) junior Lieuts, The election was held, and Larry Murphy and Sam M. Kennard were elected and ordered immediately on duty — While in position around Atlanta, we were ordered before a board for examination. The members of the board were Maj Storrs Capt Slocum and Capt Barrett, their report was favorable and we were led to believe that our positions were secured us, but on account of the informality [paper torn, words missing] election, we have been unable to procure commissions [words missing] now that the campaign is over and there are [words missing] hardships to be endured, we are told that [words missing] return[?] to our former positions in company and allow some of the supernumery Officers who have not yet been assigned to duty in the consolidated Baty[Battery] to return, It may be their right to return and claim their positions, but we think ourselves unjustly dealt with, if, we are compelled to give up a position we did not seek, and one in which we have labored assiduously for six months, for the welfare of our Country, without any other cause than the one already assigned — If we were incompetent Officers we should submit to the decree without a murmur. But after being elected and passing andpassing an examination, and serving in the capacity of Officers for six (6) months, we do object to being discarded, at this time, and in such a manner.

We have been induced to lay the case before you, because we are assured that you are anxious and ready to give to your Soldiers, Justice. We will obide with cheerfulness, your decision, whatever it may be. By acting upon our case immedeately, you will confer a favor upon your Obedient Soldier

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States

Dates: 1864-01-16

Type(s): Petition


Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces


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