HEADQUARTERS OF THE ARMY, MEXICO, MARCH 9, 1848. ORDERS NO. 22. AT A GENERAL COURT MARTIAL, BY VIRTUE OF GENERAL ORDERS NO. 50, DATED FEBRUARY 10, 1848, AND OF WHICH MAJOR GENERAL R. PATTERSON U.S. ARMY, IS PRESIDENT, WERE TRIED: 1ST LIEUTENANT CHARLES TAPLIN, OF THE 12TH U.S. INFANTRY... UNOFFICERLIKE CONDUCT... 1ST LIEUTENANT N. MCCLANAHAN, 14TH U.S. INFANTRY... NEGLECT OF DUTY... 1ST LIEUTENANT D.M. SHORT, OF THE 12TH INFANTRY... NEGLECT OF DUTY... DISOBEDIENCE OF ORDERS... DISRESPECT TOWARDS HIS COMMANDING OFFICER... CONDUCT UNBECOMING AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN... BREVET MAJOR WILLIAM DULANY, U.S. MARINE CORPS... DRUNKENNESS ON DUTY... CONDUCT TO THE PREJUDICE OF GOOD ORDER AND MILITARY DISCIPLINE... NEGLECT OF DUTY... CONDUCT UNBECOMING AN OFFICER AND A GENTLEMAN...

[Mexico City: 1848]. 5-1/2" x 8". 7, [1 blank] pp. Disbound, lightly toned, light foxing. One early ink correction in text. Signed in ink by L. Thomas, AAG, "By order of Major General Butler." Very Good.

Lieut. Taplin chased Pvt. Joseph Admonston of the 4th Regiment and then "cut him down with his sword", "cutting him severely in several places" until his cries of murder brought people to his rescue. Lieut. Taplin was found guilty but "returned to duty by the leniency of the Court." Lieut. McClanahan was found guilty of neglect of duty and sentenced to a one month suspension and forfeiture of pay. Lieut. Short was found guilty of all charges except conduct unbecoming an officer. He was sentenced to a two month suspension and forfeiture of pay. Bvt. Major Dulany was found guilty of conduct to the prejudice of good order and military discipline and a modification of the fourth charge to guilty of unofficerlike conduct. This last charge resulted from his stealing from plundered articles taken from the Guard at the National Palace and stealing from the Convent of San Domingo while the Marines were quartered there. The Commanding General gave Dulany credit for correct motives and he was allowed to "resume (his) sword."
Charles Van Linneus Taplin [1819-1855] served during the Texas War for Independence. He had accompanied John C. Fremont on at least three of his expeditions, including the fourth during which, according to the accounts of Taplin and others, some of the men resulted to cannabilism. Some sources list him as being brevetted Captain for gallant and meritorious service during the Mexican War. Ultimately, he submitted his resignation of commission on April 12, 1848, not long after this court martial.
William Dulany [1817-1868] served in the U.S Marine Corps. He was appointed from Virginia as 2d Lieutenant on June 10, 1817; promoted to 1st Lieutenant June 19, 1819; to Captain July 1, 1834; and to Brevet Major Ship on March 3, 1843, for meritorious conduct during the Florida War. He fought in the Mexican War and during his service was promoted to Brevet Lieutenant Colonel on September 14, 1847 for "gallantry at Chapultepec, the capture of Belch Gate and the City of Mexico"; and to full Major on November 17, 1847. ["William Dulany", Edited Appletons Encyclopedia, Virtualology: 2001, accessed online 11/26/2018.]. Item #35528

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