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The Daily Dispatch: December 3, 1862., [Electronic resource], From the army of Western Virginia — light Punishment for Desertion — the wants of the soldiers, &c. (search)
mond Dispatch] Camp at Princeton, Mercer County, Va., Nov. 24th, 1862 In my last I mentioned that a Court Martial was in session for the trial of deserters from this brigade. On last Thursday evening the sentence of Victor Bell, (alias Ross Payne,) a deserter from the 36th regiment, was carried into execution in the presence of the troops. The delinquent's head was first close shaved; he was then branded on the left thigh with the letter "D." and drummed out of camp. Payne was a notorPayne was a notorious character anterior to the beginning of this war, and has been guilty of no less than three desertions. His face will doubtless have a healthy effect upon the brigade, though it would certainly have men the demands of justice more fully had he been shot. We have just passed through a very severe spell of weather, for which the men, as a body were but illy prepared; many of them being without shoes, pants, or blankets. It is certainly hard that these poor fellows should be reduced to