HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, MEXICO, NOVEMBER 12, 1847. GENERAL ORDERS-- NO. 345. BEFORE A GENERAL COURT MARTIAL, OF WHICH COL. N.S. CLARKE, 6TH INFANTRY, IS PRESIDENT, CONVENED BY GENERAL ORDERS NO. 302, WAS TRIED 1ST LIEUT. JOHN S. DEVLIN, OF THE U.S. MARINE CORPS, ON THE FOLLOWING CHARGES AND SPECIFICATIONS, VIZ: DRUNKENNESS ON DUTY... CONDUCT UNBECOMING AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN... VIOLATION OF THE 25TH ARTICLE OF THE RULES AND ARTICLES AND WAR... BREACH OF ARREST...

[Mexico City: 1847]. 5-1/2" x 8". 4, [1], [3 blank] pp. Disbound, lightly toned, minimal light foxing. "By command of Major-General Scott." Unsigned. Very Good.

A detailed report with many specifications and charges listed. Lieut. Devlin was found guilty of drunkenness, conduct unbecoming an officer, and guilty of the charges of Violating the 25th Article of War and breach of arrest. Originall sentenced to be cashiered, he found mercy from the Court, which commuted the sentence to "twelve months suspension from rank, command and emoluments."
A series of court martials took place during this time after the capture of Mexico City in 1847. Devlin, described as "a hot headed, hard drinking native of Ireland" had accused Capt. John G. Reynolds of cowardice, thus provoking a fight between the two men. It led to Devlin's request for a duel. Although the commission ultimately mitigated his sentence, Devlin continued to have troubles and faced court martial in August, 1852. He was again found guilty and sentenced to be cashiered out, but this time nobody in authority stepped in to help. The sentence was approved on September 18, 1852. [Smith, Charles R.: MARINES IN THE MEXICAN WAR, 1991, p.45.]. Item #35515

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