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Adjutant And Inspector General's Office,
Richmond, July 25, 1863
I. Before the Military Court attached to the Corps of Lieut. Gen. Ewell, was arraigned and tried:
Lieut. J.B. Countiss, 21st Geo. Regiment, on the following Charges:
Charge 1st- Drunkenness on duty.
Charge 2d- Conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline.
Of the Specification of the 1st Charge, Guilty.
Of the 1st Charge, Guilty.
Of the Specification of the 2d Charge, Guilty
Of the 2d Charge, Guilty.
To be cashiered.
II. The proceedings in the above case having been laid before the Secretary of War, for the decision of the President, are approved; but in consideration of the recommendation of the officers of his regiment, and the brigade, division and departmental commanders, and their testimony to the previous good conduct of the accused, and their assurance that a repetition of the offence is not to be expected, the sentence is remitted, and Lieut. Countiss will resume his sword.
Adjutant and Inspector General
Light age toning. Very fine.
John B. Countiss, was mustered into Co. D, of the 21st Georgia Infantry Regiment, as a private, on July 2, 1861. He was promoted to 2nd lieutenant on September 1, 1861, and he served with his regiment in the 1862 Shenandoah Valley campaign. Countiss and the 21st Georgia then participated in the Seven Days battles, and the battles of Cedar Mountain, 2nd Manassas, and Sharpsburg. He was promoted to 1st lieutenant, on September 29, 1862, and fought in the battles of Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. He was court martialed and cashiered, but his sentence was remitted and he was allowed to serve in the ranks during the battle of Gettysburg. After the battle he was restored to rank for gallantry in action. Promoted to captain, August 11, 1863. As company commander, he fought in the 1864 Shenandoah Valley campaign, and during the Appomattox campaign where he was captured. He was confined as a prisoner at Fort Delaware until he took the oath of allegiance and was released on June 17, 1865.