[Adjutant General’s Office, 1873]. 12mo. [each case individually paginated]. A record of 62 court-martial orders for the year 1873, with a 2 pp. index, and brief synopses of the cases. Brevet Lt-Col. George Henry Weeks' copy, as Assistant Quartermaster, U.S. Army; Weeks (1834-1905), a West Point graduate, served in the quartermaster department during and after the Civil War, retiring in 1897. Bound in three-quarter leather (rubbed) and marbled boards. Item #60268
General Court-Martial Orders No. 7 involved the prosecution of Major Benjamin P. Runkle for a "Violation of the Act of Congress approved March 2d, 1863, chapter 67, section 1." Runkle was "on duty as a Disbursing Officer of the Bureau of Refugees, Freedmen, and Abandoned Lands, and charged as such with the payment of claims of colored soldiers, or their heirs for moneys due them for military services from the United States," but was accused of misappropriating funds set aside for these claims. Numerous examples are given. Runkle was also accused of conduct unbecoming an officer. He was found guilty of both charges and sentenced to prison and payment of a fine. General Court-Martial Orders No. 32 records the case against a group of Modoc Indian captives, including Captain Jack Schonchis, Black Jim, Boston Charley, Barncho, alias One Eyed Jim, and Sloluck, alias Cok, for "Murder, in violation of the laws of war." The Modoc were accused of killing Brigadier General Canby and Eleazur Thomas, wounding A.B. Meacham, and likewise attacking L.S. Dyer, Peace Commissioners, while under a flag of truce. The Modoc were all found guilty and sentenced to be hanged. Court-Martial Orders No. 34 commuted the sentences of Barncho and Sloluck to life in prison at Alcatraz. Other cases involved theft, embezzlement, assault, desertion, intoxication, and various violations of the standards of military conduct. A fascinating look at military discipline in the decade following the Civil War.