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Object Name Letter
Catalog Number CML-APH.7
Date March 15, 1865
Scope & Content Letter from J. H. Tyree to John C. Breckinridge, Richmond, VA, 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). Top left margin.

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. Left margin beneath Sarah J. Elliott's paragraph.
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]. Top right margin.
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. Bottom right margin.
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.) (A. P.)
Elliott, Sarah J.
Hill, A. P.
Hill, Ambrose Powell (A. P.)
Tyree, John H.
Tyree, William D. R.
Heth, Maj. Gen.
Chamberlayne, John H.
Subjects Discharges, Military
Investigations, Military
Military deserters
Military discharges
Military headquarters
Military leadership
Military officers
Military personnel
Military service
Deserters, Military