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The Daily Dispatch: October 24, 1861., [Electronic resource], Discharge of disabled soldiers — Granting of furloughs. (search)
Discharge of disabled soldiers — Granting of furloughs. Camp Deas, Oct. 18, 1861. Editors Dispatch:--I am glad to see that a Board has been instituted to consider the subject of discharges to disabled soldiers. This subject I urged upon persons in authority two months ago. Two weeks since I succeeded, after months trial, in getting a discharge for a soldier who had not performed a day's duty since the 1st of June last, (four months.) The man had gone home on a "sick leave," but overstaying his time, was actually arrested as a deserter and brought back to camp, and but for the order from the War Department, would have been here to day. The Government has thus in this case paid and supplied for four months a man who was of no sort of service, but a burden to his company, and who greatly desired a discharge. Many men, in their patriotic ardor, volunteered to serve their country in the field, who were entirely unfit for such exposure. Many may be found in my regiment who ar