October 06, 2016 12:00 PM EDT Cincinnati


1st Sergeant G.W. Hall, 6th US Infantry, 1846 ALS to Secretary of War Marcy, Describing Beating of Soldier

Hall, G.W. 1st sergeant, Co. E, 6th US Infantry. ALS, 3pp, 7.75 x 9.5 in. Van Buren, Arkansas, August 9, 1846. Addressed to Hon. W.L. Marcy (1756-1857), Secretary of War under James K. Polk (1845-1849). Hall asks for reinstatement in the army. He stood up for a Private P. Corcoran, who was given 77 lashes on his bare back with a raw hide while tied to a post. The sergeant also lists character references including General Taylor, Colonel Garland, Colonel Stephen Watts Kearney, Colonel Riley, all famous western officers who forts were named after. Hall wrote to Marcy that, The charge against the man was that another soldier had accused the said Corcran of taking his musket from the arms rack during the previous night and using it and returning it to the rack but there was not the least shade of proof that he had taken or used the musket. He continued to record other prior instances of violence perpetrated by the same officer, Lt. Ernest, including a flogging performed with a switch and a clubbing incident that so injured a man that he could not serve for five months. 

A very interesting letter concerning politics and harsh treatment. 




Typical folds and toning of the paper. 

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