c. 1847 Signed General Orders No. 331 Document
November 1, 1847-Dated, HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, MEXICO, General Orders No. 331, Court Martial Proceedings, Choice Very Fine.
This official US Army Document was signed by H.L.Scott during the Mexican-American War (1846-1848). It measures 5 1/2" x 8" and is four pages in length. The document highlights the general court martial proceedings and sentences of two soldiers, Second Lieutenant James H. Smyth and Captain Henry C. Pope. Smyth was charged for "disobedience of the lawful commands of his superior officer" and "misbehaving himself before the enemy." Pope was charged with "drunkenness," "drunkenness on duty," and "leaving his Company and Regiment, when in the presence of the enemy." Both men were reprimanded, demoted, and stripped of command authority. The edges of the document show normal wear and tear. There are several areas of foxing. Overall, condition of the document is very fine.