at Fort Columbus, New York Harbor
2 1/2 pages, imprint, 4 x 6 1/2.
Adjutant General's Office
Washington, July 3, 1863
Outlines the charges, specifications and sentence of Lance Corporal John Clary, Company A, Permanent Party, at a court martial that convened at Fort Columbus, New York Harbor, Headquarters, Department of the East.
Charge I- "Conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline."
Specification 1st- "being on duty in the Quartermaster and Commissary Department at Fort Columbus, New York harbor, did, at various times from, on, or about May 19, 1862, to the 19th day of March, 1863, steal from the Quartermaster's storehouse at said post, and from various other places at said post, various articles of Government property, consisting in part of the following, viz: seven bed sacks, one soldier's overcoat, two pairs trowsers, one tent cover, twenty bed sacks, six blankets, five dozen knives, five dozen forks, twenty six bars soap, two tents, four Regimental Record Books of 8th Infantry, United States Army, one hatchet, one telescope and case, all property of the United States, and one dress hat and epaulettes, the property of Captain Marston, 1st Infantry; and did feloniously take and remove the said property from said post during the time aforesaid, and secrete the same in a certain house in the city of Brooklyn. All this at Fort Columbus, New York harbor, and at the city of Brooklyn, Long Island, where said property was found to the value of $50 and upwards."
Specification 2d- "did feloniously take and remove from Fort Columbus, New York harbor, about twenty nine pairs of trowsers, the property of the United States, and which was found in his possession in Brooklyn, whither he had carried it with an intent to steal and dispose of the same."
Charge II- "Desertion."
Specification- "In this, said Lance Corporl John Clary, did desert the service of the United States on or about March 18th, and did remain absent till on or about March 19th, when he was apprehended by a member of the Metropolitan Police and delivered at this post."
Sentence- "And the Court does therefore sentence him to be dishonorably discharged the service, forfeiting all pay and allowances now due, or that may become due, and to be confined for five years in the Penitentiary in the District of Columbia."
By Order Of The Secretary Of War:
Assistant Adjutant General