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Catalog Number CML-APH.7
Date 1864
Scope & Content J. H. Tyree to [John C. Breckinridge], March 15, 1865

Physical Appearance: March 15, 1865 - J. H. Tyree, in Richmond, Virginia, to [left blank, but first endorsement on reverse belongs to John C. Breckinridge, Secretary of War] - Desperately begs for leniency concerning the charge of desertion against his brother William D. R. Tyree, a Private in Captain William H. Chamberlayne's Battery, 13th Battn. Virginia Artillery. Explains the circumstances of his absence (without leave) from camp. Signed "J. H. Tyree" of Lynchburg, Virginia. 2 pp. <<> A paragraph from Tyree's sister taking blame for her brother's absence and requesting leniency. Signed "Sarah J. Elliott" (of Prince Edward County, Virginia). Also, 3 Endorsements: 1) March 15, 1865 - An "Unofficial" response. Recommends L[ieutenan]t Gen[eral] A[mbrose] P[owell] Hill give the request "favorable consideration if in his judgment it be consistent with the interests of the service." Signed "John C. Breckinridge" Sec[retary] of War. 2) March 16, 1865 - H[ea]d Q[uarte]rs 3rd Corps, A[rmy of] N[orthern] V[irgini]a - Referred to company commander, calling attention to remarks of Secretary of War. By command of Maj[or] Gen[era]l Heth, com[man]d[in]g Corps. Signed "N. W. Starke" A[ssistant] A[djutant] G[eneral]. 3) March 16, 1865 - Chamberlayne's Battery - Returned, "It appears to me incompatible with my duty to withdraw the charges referred to. . . " and gives his reasoning. Signed "J. H. Chamberlayne" Capt[ain], Chamberlayne's Battery, 13th Batt[alio]n V[irgini]a Art[iller]y.
Archival History This letter from J. H. Tyree of Lynchburg was formerly located in the MC 3 H-483 files. The letter was found inside Hill's copy of "Military Tactics."
People Breckinridge, John Cabell
Hill, Ambrose Powell (A. P.)
Subjects CML A. P. HILL