HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, MEXICO, DECEMBER 1, 1847. GENERAL ORDERS-- NO. 359. BEFORE A GENERAL COURT MARTIAL, OF WHICH BT. COLONEL B. RILEY, 2D INFANTRY IS PRESIDENT, CONVENED BY GENERAL ORDER NO. 333, WERE TRIED: CAPTAIN S.D. DOBBINS, 3D INFANTRY, ON... CONDUCT UNBECOMING AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN. SPECIFICATION 1ST ... DID GO INTO THE QUARTERS OF HIS COMMANDING OFFICER, CAPTAIN E.B. ALEXANDER... 25TH OF OCTOBER, 1847, IN A STATE OF INTOXICATION, AND DID THERE ENTER INTO A VIOLENT AND UNBECOMING ABUSE OF 1ST LIEUTENANT A.B. BOWMAN, MAKING USE OF HIGHLY OUTRAGEOUS LANGUAGE... SPECIFICATION 2D... AT THE HOUR OF MIDNIGHT, ON THE 25TH OF OCTOBER, 1847, WHILE IN A STATE OF INTOXICATION, VIOLENTLY ENTERED THE QUARTERS OF LIEUT. A.W. BOWMAN, 3D INFANTRY... WHILE LIEUT. BOWMAN WAS UNARMED, PARTIALLY UNDRESSED... THE SAID CAPTAIN DOBBINS,... DID DRAW HIS SWORD AND ASSAULT THE SAID LIEUT. BOWMAN, WOUNDING HIM IN TOW PLACES, ON THE HEAD AND BACK, ENDANGERING [HIS] LIFE... BEFORE THE SAME COURT WAS TRIED MAJOR WILLIAM DULANY, U.S. MARINE CORPS... ABUSIVE AND CRUEL CONDUCT AGAINST WILLIAM MCCOY, A PRIVATE MARINE... REPEATEDLY STRIKING HIM WITH THE FLAT OF HIS SWORD ACROSS HIS BACK AND SHOULDERS... THE MORNING OF 27TH OF OCTOBER, 1847.
[Mexico City: 1847]. 5-1/2" x 8". 2, [2 blank] pp. Disbound, lightly toned. Signed in ink by H.L. Scott, A.A.A.G., "By command of Major-General Scott." Very Good.
Captain Dobbins had abused Lieutenant, saying: "'Lt. Bowman is a damned coward, he is not fit to wipe my a-----e with, God damn him, etc.'" He was sentenced to be dismissed from the service of the United States. Major Dulany was acquitted.
Stephen D. Dobbins was involved in early scouting actions along the Rio Grande before the outbreak of hostilities, and performed heroically at the battle of Resaca de la Palma. [Moseley & Clark: THE A TO Z OF THE UNITED STATES - MEXICAN WAR, Scarecrow Press: 2009, p.99]. Item #35517