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I. Captain ORMOND F. Nims, Company B, Massachusetts Artillery.
At the General Court Martial which convened at New Orleans, La., pursuant to Special Orders No. 368," of September 11th, 1862, from these Headquarters, and of which Lieut. Col. B. R. MERRITT, 75th Regiment Neř York Volunteers, is President, were arraigned and tried :
“ Violation of Paragraphs 205 and 206 of the Army "Regulations. SPECIFICATION—In this : that the said Capt. Ormond F. Nims, Company B, Massachusetts Artillery, has never called a company council in relation to the company,fund, and has never kept a book account of such fund, but has disbursed the company funds; and when asked by his officers in relation thereto, refused to acknowledge that there was any such fund. This at Camp Andrew, Baltimore, Md.; at different points on the Eastern Shore of Virginia ; at Camp Hamilton, near Fort Monroe, Virginia ; and on the voyage from there to New Orleans ; and at camp at Baton Rouge; and at this place; from the 18th day of August, or thereabouts, until the present day, July 21, 1862.
“ Conduct unbecoming an Officer and a Gentleman, and as referred to in the 24th Article
of War." SPECIFICATION 1st-In this : that the said Capt. Ormond F. Nims, Company B, Massachusetts Artillery, did on several occasions damn and God-damn his officers; end while drilling, and consequently in the presence of the entire rank and file of the corps, did frequently ask them what in hell they were about. This at Camp Andrew, and near there, on the drilling field of the company, Baltimore, Md., on or about the 1st October, 1861, and on or about the 20th day of January, 1862 ; again on or about the 18th day of February, 1862 ; and again, at Baton Rouge, on or about the 10th day of June, 1862; and on several other occasions.
SPECIFCATION 2D--In this : that the said Capt. Ormond F. Nims, Company B, Massachusetts Artillery, did, when his attention was called by two of his commissioned officers to the discipline of the company, say to them, in a very ungen
tlemanly manner, “damn the discipline.” This at Camp Hamilton, Fort Monroe, Virginia, on or about the 15th day of April, 1862.
* Ecchanging a Government Horse for another Horse not belonging to the Government.”
SPECIFICATION-In this: that the said Capt. Ormond F. Nims, Company B, Massachusetts Artillery, did, on or about the 1st August, 1861, exchange one of the best horses of the Battery for another horse, for his own use, and not belonging to the Government. That he soon after put the horse received into the Battery as a Government horse ; and said horse is unsound, and was known to him to be unsound at the time of trading. The exchange was made with Quartermaster Sergeant Alden N. Norcross, of this Battery. The horse received by said Norcross in exchange was left at his etable in Boston, Mass., or near there. This at Camp Adams, Quincey, Mass.
Defrauding the Men of thei' full Rations." SPECIFICATION Isr--In this : that he, Capt. Ormond F. Nims, of Company B. Massachusetts Artillery, did withhold a portion of the rations from the men, to their discontent, and not as legitimate company savings; said rations amounting up to the 15th day of December, 1861, or thereabouts, to about $70. This at Camp Andrew, Baltimore, Md., and at various points on the Eastern Shore of Virginia, from about August 18th, 1861, to December 16th, 1861, or thereabouts.,
SPECIFICATION 2D--In this : that he, Capt. Ormond F. Nims, of Company B, Massachusetts Artillery, did, on the ship “DeWitt Clinton," withhold the full amount of rations from the men, very much to their discontent, and depriving them of sufficient food to satisfy the cravings of their appetite. This during the voyage from Hampton Roads to New Orleans, from on or about April 22d to May 22d, 1862, or thereabouts.
“ Total and persistent Neglect and Refusal to enforce Discipline in his commard."
SPECIFICATION 15T—In this : that the said Capt. Ormond F. Nims, Company B, Massachusetts Artillery, did, when called upon by his commissioned officers to enforce discipline and support his commissioned and non-commissioned officers in their orders and in the discharge of their duties, utterly refuse to do any thing of the kind, but said he would call a Court Martial. This at Camp Andrew, Baltimore, Md., on or about February 21st, 1862 , at Camp Hamilton, Fort Monroe, Va., on or about March 21st, 1862 ; and at Baton Rouge, on or about June 12th, 1862.
SPECIFICATION 21—-In tbis : that I did, on or about March 21st, 1862, prefer the following charge against Private Lyman F. W. Cushing, for deserting his post on guard. This sent in to the said Capt. Ormond F. Nims, of Company B, Massachusetts Artillery, and by him thrown one side, and no further attention paid to
it, other than to say he would call a Court Martial, which he never did. This at Camp Hamilton, Fort Monroe, Va.
SPECIFICATION 3D - In this : that Corporal Ellis, of Company B, Massachusetts Artillery, told the men in his detachment he would be damncd, if he was them, if he would obey a damned order given by the Licutenant commanding the section ; and that he has on several occasions used similar language. This was reported to the said Capt. Ormond F. Nims, of Company B, Massachusetts Artillery, and no attention paid to it by the said Capt. Nims, although all the witnesses were mentioned to him, and the fact established beyond a doubt. This on board the “ Salliə Robinson,” in the Mississippi river, on or about June 21st, 1862.
SPECIFICATION 4TH-In this : that Sergeant Greenleaf, of Company B, Massachusetts Artillery, did, on or about April 10th, 1862, while in Camp Hamilton, Fort Monroe, Va., order Private Wilkins to attend to a pair of horses belonging to a sick man in his detachment, and did receive from him the following reply : “ I'll be God damned if I will do it-I'll see you in hell first.” That this was reported to the said Capt. Ormond F. Nims. of Company B, Massachusetts Artillery, at the above mentioned camp and at the same date, and that nothing was ever done abuot it.
To which the prisoner pleaded as follows :
the second specification of the fifth charge-Not Guilty.
FINDING OF THE COURT.
Of all the specifications and charges-Not Guilty. And the Court does therefore acquit Capt. Ormond F. Nims, of the 2d Company Massachusetts Artillery.
I! Private JOHN JOICE, Company G. lst. Regiment Louisiana Yolunteers...
« Desertion." SPECIFICATION— In this : that he, Private John Joice, of Company G, 1st Regiment Louisiana Volunteers, did absent himself from his company and quarters repeatedly, without permission, and that his last "desertion occurred August 244, 1862, and that he did remain absent until returned by the civil authorities
, August 27th, 1862. This at Camp Williams, August 29th, 1862.
To which specification and charge the prisoner pleaded Not Guilty.
FINDING OF THE COURT.
Of the charge, Not Guilty, but guilty of " Absence without leave." And the Court does therefore sentence him, Private John Joice, of Company G, Ist Regiment Louisiana Volvnteers, to three years' confinement at hard labor on the fortifications of the United States, and forfeiture of all pay and allowances except necessary allowances for laundress.
III. Private JOSEPH HATCH, Company F, 12th Regiment Maine Volunteers
" Absence without Leave." SPECIFICATION—In this : that Private Joseph Hatch, Company F, 12th Regiment Maine Volunteers, did, on or about the 261h day of August, 1862, absent himself from his company and regiment without leave.
" Violation of the 9th Article War." SPECIFICATION— In this : that Joseph Hatch, private Company F, 12th Regiment Maine Volunteers, did, on or about the 26th day of August, khock in E
face and use violence against C. C. Richardson, Lieutenant of Company D, 12th Regiment Maine Volunteers, the said Lieut. C. C. Richardson being the officer of the guard, and in the execution of his duty 'às such officer. This at New Orleans, in the State of Louisiana, the day and year above named. To which charges and specifications the prisoner pleaded Not Guilty.
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FINDING OF THE COURT.
Of the specification of the first charge-Guilty.
Of the second charge-Guilty.