The Court Marshal of

Private John Feltis, Company G.



Proceedings of a General Court Martial that convened at Natchez, Miss. on the 21st of Dec. 1863, and which Col. Loren Kent is President, in the case of
Private John Feltis
Co. "G" 12th Wis. Infantry.

Proceedings of a General Court Marital that convened at Natchez, Miss. by virtue of the following order:
Head Quarters U. S Forces
Natchez, Miss. Dec. 19th 1863

A General Court Marital is hereby appointed to meet at Natchez, Miss. on the 21st day of December 1863, or as soon thereafter as practicable for the trial of Jackson Rodgers Co. "I" 28th Ill. Volunteer Infantry, and such other persons as may be brought before it.

Detail for the Court -
1st. Col. Loren Kent 29th I'll Volunteer Infantry.
2nd. Lieut. Col. Saml H. Harrison 6th Miss. Inf. A. D.
3rd Maj. Chas. W. Smith 2d Miss. Artillery A. D.
4th Capt. Solomon S. Brill 29th Ill. Vol. Infantry.
5th Capt. Benjamin F. Rogers Co "K" 2d Ill. Artillery.
6th Capt. Van S. Bennett 12th Wisconsin Volunteers Int.
7th Capt. Daniel McClennon 32d Ill Vol. Inf.
8th Capt. Albert J. Moses 28th Ill. Volunteer Inf.
9th Capt. Amos P. Foster 30th Mo. Volunteer Inf.

Peter C. Harris 1st Lieut. U. S. Engineers.
Judge Advocate

No other officers than those named can be assembled without manifest in jury to the Service assembled.

By order of Brig. Genl. W Q. Gresham.
Comdg. U. S. Forces
signed Gen. S. Baffith
Natchez, Miss. Jan 12th 1864
9:45 A. M.

The Court met in pursuance to the above order and adjournment.
Present:
1st. Col. Loren Kent 29th I'll Volunteer Infantry.
2nd. Lieut. Col. Saml. H. Harrison 6th Miss. Inf. A. D.
3rd Maj. Chas. W. Smith 2d Miss. Artillery A. D.
4th Capt. Solomon S. Brill 29th Ill. Vol. Infantry.
5th Capt. Van S. Bennett 12th Wisconsin Volunteers Int.
6th Capt. Daniel McClennon 32d Ill Vol. Inf.
7th Capt. Amos P. Foster 30th Mo. Volunteer Inf.
Peter C. Harris 1st Lieut. U. S. Engineers.

Absent:
1st Capt. Albert J. Moses 28th Ill. Volunteer Inf.
2d Capt. Benjamin F. Rogers Co "K" 2d Ill. Artillery.

Cause of Capt. Moses' absence is sickness
Cause of Capt. Rodger's absence is not known.

The proceedings of yesterday were read by the Judge. Advocate.

The Court then waited the arrival of Private John C. Wallace, 32d Ill. Volunteer Infantry, who had been sent for about (1) P. M. A communication from Head Quarters was received, ordering the withdrawal of the charge against said Private John C. Wallace. Then only being two other cases before the court the trial of which have been postponed for a few days, one on the account of sickness and the other until witnesses can be obtained from Vicksburg Miss.

The Court adjourned to meet on Monday Jan 13th 1864 at 9 A. M.
Natchez, Miss. Jan 13th, 1864
9:40 A. M.

The Court met in pursuance to adjournment.

Present:
1st. Col. Loren Kent 29th I'll Volunteer Infantry.
2nd. Lieut. Col. Saml. H. Harrison 6th Miss. Inf. A. D.
3rd Maj. Chas. W. Smith 2d Miss. Artillery A. D.
4th Capt. Solomon S. Brill 29th Ill. Vol. Infantry.
5th Capt. Benjamin F. Rogers Co "K" 2d Ill. Artillery.
6th Capt. Van S. Bennett 12th Wisconsin Volunteers Int.
7th Capt. Daniel McClennon 32d Ill Vol. Inf.
8th Capt. Amos P. Foster 30th Mo. Volunteer Inf.
Peter C. Harris 1st Lieut. U. S. Engineers.

Absent
1st. Capt. Albert J. Moses 28th Ill. Volunteer Inf.
Absent on account of sickness.

The proceedings of yesterday were read by the Judge Advocate.

The Court then proceeded to the trial of Private John Feltis Co. "G" 12th Wis. Vol. Infantry, who being called into Court and having heard the order appointing the Court, read, was asked if he had objections to being tried by any member named in the order to which he replied in the negative.

The Court was then duly sworn by the Judge Advocated and the Judge Advocate was duly sworn by the President of the Court each in presence of the accused. Private John Feltis Co. "G" 12th Wisconsin Infantry was then arraigned on the following charges and Specifications.

Charge 1st "Robbery"
Specification - "In this that in Company of Private John M Park and Stephen B. Satters of Co. "G" 12th Wis. Vol. Inf. Said John Feltis of said Company and Regiment eluded the guards and passed through the lines to the residence of Miss. Alice Jenkins, six miles from camp, and did rob said house by violence taking there from a large amount of silver to wit:

Thirty (30) Silver Table Spoons.
Thirty Six (36) Small Spoons.
Four (4) Salt Spoons.
Twenty four (24) Large forks.
Twelve (12) Small forks.
Eleven (11) Silver fruit knives.
Two (2) Butter knives.
Two (2) Pie knives.
One (1) Cake knives.
One (1) Cheese knife.
One (1) Silver Pitcher.
One (1) Silver disk.
One (1) Punch Strainer.
One (1) Pair Sugar tongs.
One (1) Crumb Scraper.
Four (4) Silver Napkin Rings
Two (2) Silver Cups.
Twelve (12) Tea Spoons.
One (1) Silver Cup.
One (1) Small diamond ring.
One (1) Seal Ring.
One (1) Gold Pencil.
One (1) Gold Thimble.
One (1) Vinaigrette.
A number of Gold and Silver Coins.
One (1) enameled set, Consisting of three (3) breast pins, two (2) bunches of keys, to the value of about eight hundred ($800) dollars all this belonging to the estate of J C. Jenkins deceased. This at the residence of Miss. Alice Jenkins in Adams County and State of Mississippi on or about the night of the 9th of January 1864.

Charge 2d. - "Conduct prejudicial to good order and Military discipline.
Specification - "In this that the said Private John Feltis, Co. "G" 12th Wisconsin Volunteer Inf. in Company of John M. Park, and Stephen B. Satters, of said Company and regiment, did enter the dwelling of Miss. Alice Jenkins, six (6) miles from Natchez, Miss. and did steal, take, and carry away, there from a quantity of silver and jewelry, belonging to the estate of Mr. J C. Jenkins (deceased) to the value of about eight hundred ($800) dollars to wit:
Thirty (30) Silver Table Spoons.
Thirty Six (36) Small Spoons.
Four (4) Salt Spoons.
Twenty four (24) Large forks.
Twelve (12) Small forks.
Eleven (11) Silver fruit knives.
Two (2) Butter knives.
Two (2) Pie knives.
One (1) Cake knives.
One (1) Cheese knife.
One (1) Silver Pitcher.
One (1) Silver disk.
One (1) Punch Strainer.
One (1) Pair Sugar tongs.
One (1) Crumb Scraper.
Four (4) Silver Napkin Rings
Two (2) Silver Cups.
Twelve (12) Tea Spoons.
One (1) Silver Cup.
One (1) Small diamond ring.
One (1) Seal Ring.
One (1) Gold Pencil.
One (1) Gold Thimble.
One (1) Vinaigrette.
A number of Gold and Silver Coins.
One (1) enameled set, Consisting of three (3) breast pins, two (2) bunches of keys, to the value of about eight hundred ($800) dollars all this belonging to the estate of J C. Jenkins deceased. This at the residence of Miss. Alice Jenkins in Adams County and State of Mississippi on or about the night of the 9th of January 1864.

Charge 3d - "Being found more than one mile from Camp without leave from his commanding officer"
Specification - "In this that the said John Feltis, Co "G" 12th Wis. Vol. Inf. was found more than one mile from his comp without leave in writing from his commanding officers to wit: At the distance of six (6) miles robbing and maranding. This inn Adams County Mississippi on or about the 9th of January 1864.

Charge 4th - "Quitting his post to plunder and Pillage."
Specification - In this that the said John Feltis Co. "G" 12th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry in Company wit others did on the night of the night of the 9th of January 1864, quit his post at Natchez, 9th of January 1864, quit his post at Natchez, Miss. to plunder and pillage, and did in Company with John M. Park and Stephan B. Satter of said regiment and company, plunder and pillage the house of Miss. Alice Jenkins, six miles from Natchez, Miss. in the County of Adams and State of Mississippi, taking therefrom a large amount of silver and jewelry, belonging to the estate of J. c. Jenkins (deceased,) and to the value of about eight hundred dollars ($800) . This near Natchez, Miss, in Adams County, on or about the 9th day of January 1864.
To which charges and specifications accused pleaded as follows:
To the Specification 1st Charge - "Not Guilty"
To the 1st Charge - "Not Guilty"
To the Specification 2d Charge - "Not Guilty"
To the 2d Charge - "Not Guilty"
To the Specification 3d Charge - "Not Guilty"
To the 3d Charge - "Not Guilty"
To the Specification 4th Charge - "Not Guilty"
To the 4th Charge - "Not Guilty"
Miss. Alice Jenkins, a witness for the prosecution was then called into court, and being duly sworn, testified, as follows:

Question
By Judge Advocate. Do you reside about six miles form Natchez, Miss. in Adams County?

Answer
"I do."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Was your house robbed on the night of January, 9th 1864?

Answer
"It was."

Question
By Judge Advocated. How many parties were engaged in the robbery?

Answer
"Three are all I saw."

Question
By Judge Advocate. What was taken from the house?

Answer
"One hundred and forty seven pieces of silver and some jewelry besides."

Question
By Judge Advocate. To whom did it belong?

Answer
The silver belonged to the estate of Mr. J. C. Jenkins, deceased, and the jewelry to myself.

Question
By Judge Advocate. Is, or is not the following articles a list that were stolen from your residence. Viz:
Thirty (30) Silver Table Spoons.
Thirty Six (36) Small Spoons.
Four (4) Salt Spoons.
Twenty four (24) Large forks.
Twelve (12) Small forks.
Eleven (11) Silver fruit knives.
Two (2) Butter knives.
Two (2) Pie knives.
One (1) Cake knives.
One (1) Cheese knife.
One (1) Silver Pitcher.
One (1) Silver disk.
One (1) Punch Strainer.
One (1) Pair Sugar tongs.
One (1) Crumb Scraper.
Four (4) Silver Napkin Rings
Two (2) Silver Cups.
Twelve (12) Tea Spoons.
One (1) Silver Cup.
One (1) Small diamond ring.
One (1) Seal Ring.
One (1) Gold Pencil.
One (1) Gold Thimble.
One (1) Vinaigrette.
A number of Gold and Silver Coins.
One (1) enameled set, Consisting of three (3) breast pins, two (2) bunches of keys,

Answer
"It is."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Was the robbery committed by violence?

Answer
"It was."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Did they, or did they not threaten any of you, in case you resisted?

Answer
"They treated my governess by telling her to keep quiet, or she would be sorry for it."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Will you please to give and account of what you know concerning the robbery?

Answer
"It was about nine or ten o'clock P M. on the night of January 9th, 1864, some one knocked at the door. A neighbor, who was sick and called for some medicine in the morning. I supposed he was worse, and had sent some on again. I called my brother and told him to go down stairs and see who was there. "He asked them who was at the door" "they replied "friends" I don't know where this is before or after the door was opened They took the candle from my brother and two of them marched upstairs, one had a handkerchief over his face. He knew the house, having taken supper then, about a month before, When he came up stares, I recognized him perfectly, through his handkerchief and told him to take it off, as I know him perfectly, and that there was no use of his disguising himself, which he did a few minuets afterwards. I asked them when they came up stairs what they wanted. They said they came to search for arms. I asked them by what authority? They replied they had the authority. One of us asked them to show it. They replied that they would not, but that they had it. I told them then, that I understood exactly what they came for they then told us all to go in one room, while they searched the house. We refused to do it, and said we would go wherever they went, if they wanted to search the house. They then sad they were perfectly will we should. One of them was then stationed at the head of the stairs, with instructions not to allow any one to go down. We attempted to call the servants but they had all gone to their rooms.

Question
By Judge Advocate. You say that, up to this time there was only two of them, do you or day not recognize the prisoner as one oft them?

Answer
"I do."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Will you please to continue your statement of the robbery?

Answer
"The governess called for all the men servants. It was then they told her "to keep quiet or she would be sorry for it." She then went into her room to try to save her money. She opened her drawers and looked out her purse. One of them tried to take it from her. She retained it in her hand, and said she would lose her life before he should have it. He then troubled her no longer. She said to them, she knew that's what they came for and one replied 'Yes, it was exactly what we came for.' He then proceeded to search all over the room and took every thing valuable he found, while the search was going on, a third person come in."

Question
By Judge Advocate. By what means of you recognize the prisoner as one of the first two that came into the house?

Answer
"By his general appearance, his mouth she noticed particular and his flou'd complexion and his perfectly beardless face."

Question
By Judge Advocate. What part did the prisoner take in the robbery?

Answer
"He did not tae any part, except to stand guard at the head of the stairs with a pistol in his hand."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Did he or did he not help to carry away any of the stolen articles?

Answer
"I do not know."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Did you see the prisoner leave the house?

Answer
"I did not."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Which one was it that had the handkerchief over his face when he came in?

Answer
"It was one who came in with the first. I have since learned his name is John Park."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Did any of them tell you what regiment they belong to?

Answer
"They did not. My brother tried to get the pistol away from him, and in dong so, saw marked on it Co. E. 12th regiment."

Question
By Court. Is the accused the one who wore the handkerchief on his face?

Answer
"He is not.

Question
By Court. Do you not think you might be mistaken in recognizing the prisoner?

Answer
"No".

Question
By court. How did you recognize the soldier who had a handkerchief over his face, when they first came in before it was removed.

Answer
"By his remarkable nose, his stooping walk, also by an overcoat I had frequently seen him ware in the street, by his beard, he had a very long black beard."

Question.
By Court. When had you seen him previous to this day?

Answer
"On the night of the 7th of December 1863. I also saw him twice in town, on main street."

The Court and prisoner having no further questions to ask, the witness was dismissed
The Court then adjourned to meet at 9 A. M. on Wednesday January 14th 1864.
Natchez, Miss. Jan. 14th 1864
9.35 A. M.

The Court met in pursuance to adjournment. Present, the same members as yesterday. Also the Judge Advocate and accused. The proceedings of yesterday were read by the Judge Advocate and a very important witness not being able to attend today. The Court adjourned to meet on Friday. January 15th 1864 at 9.30 A. M.

Natchez, Miss. Jan 15th 1864
9.30 A. M.

The Court met in pursuance to adjournment.
1st. Lieut. Col. Saml. H. Harrison 6th Miss. Inf. A. D.
2d Maj. Chas. W. Smith 2d Miss. Artillery A. D.
3rd Capt. Solomon S. Brill 29th Ill. Vol. Infantry.
4th Capt. Benjamin F. Rogers Co "K" 2d Ill. Artillery.
5th Capt. Van S. Bennett 12th Wisconsin Volunteers Int.
6th Capt. Daniel McClennon 32d Ill Vol. Inf..
7th Capt. Amos P. Foster 30th Mo. Volunteer Inf.

Absent
1st. Col. Loren Kent 29th I'll Volunteer Infantry
2nd Capt. Albert J. Moses 28th Ill. Volunteer Inf.
Cause of Col. Kent absence not known
That of Capt. Moses - Sickness
The proceedings of yesterday were read by the Judge Advocate
The Court then adjourned till January 19th 1864 to await the attendance of Col. Tent 29th Vol. Inf.
Natchez, Miss. January 19th 1864
9 A. M.

The Court met in pursuance to adjournment

Present
1st. Col. Loren Kent 29th I'll Volunteer Infantry.
2nd. Lieut. Col. Saml. H. Harrison 6th Miss. Inf. A. D.
3rd Maj. Chas. W. Smith 2d Miss. Artillery A. D.
4th Capt. Solomon S. Brill 29th Ill. Vol. Infantry.
5th Capt. Benjamin F. Rogers Co "K" 2d Ill. Artillery.
6th Capt. Van S. Bennett 12th Wisconsin Volunteers Int.
7th Capt. Daniel McClennon 32d Ill Vol. Inf..
8th Capt. Amos P. Foster 30th Mo. Volunteer Inf.
Peter C. Harris 1st Lieut. U. S. Engineers.

Absent
1st Capt. Albert J. Moses 28th Ill. Volunteer Inf.
Mr. J. C. Jenkins, a witness for the prosecution was then called into court, and being duly sworn, testified as follows:

Question
By Judge Advocate. Where do you reside.

Answer
"I reside six miles from here in Adams Co. Miss."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Where were you on the night of the 9th of January, 1864?

Answer
"I was at home"

Question
By Judge Advocate. Was your house robbed on that night.

Answer
"It was."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Do you know who were the parties who committed the Robbery?

Answer
"There were three persons dressed in the U. S. uniform."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Do you think you could recognize them if you should see them again?

Answer
"I do."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Do you or do you not recognize any of them from the room?

Answer
"I recognize one who stood guard at the head of the stairs, and assisted them by not allowing us any communication with out of doors.

Question
By Judge Advocate. Will you point out the person you recognize as such?

Answer
"That person there" (Pointing to John Feltis, Co "G" 12th Wisconsin Volunteers, the prisoner) is the man!"

Question
By Judge Advocate. Do you know haw may pieces of silver and jewelry were taken from the house?

Answer
"I think one hundred and forty seven (147) pieces."

Question.
By Judge Advocate. What do you ting was the value of the stolen articles?

Answer
"About on thousand dollars."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Did the robber threaten you or any of you while they were engaged n the robbery?

Answer
"The one who wore a handkerchief over his face used this expression to Madame Mitchelly "If you do not shut up you will be sorry for it."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Did you or did you not open the door to let them in?

Answer
"I opened the door."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Did you or did you not see one of them try to take a purse from Madame Mitchelly (the Governess)?

Answer
"The one with the handkerchief over his face attempted to do it."

Question By Judge Advocate. Did you or did you not see the prisoner carry off any of the stolen articles?

Answer
"I did not"

Question
By Judge Advocate. Did you try to take a pistol from the one who stood guard at the head of the stairs?

Answer
"I took a pistol from the one who stood at the head of the stairs."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Did you see any mark on it?

Answer.
"I saw Two marks; 'Co. "E" 12th Regiment"

Question
By Judge Advocate. To whom did the stolen articles belong?

Answer
"To the estate of Dr J. C. Jenkins (deceased)"

Cross Examination.
By Defense. Did the prisoner prevent any of you from going down stairs? When stationed on guard at the head of the stairs?

Answer
"He prevented Madame Michelly from going down stairs."
Cross Examination By Defense. How did he prevent her?

Answer
"He told her he could not let any own pass and he having a revolver in his hand. She supposed he would use violence if she attempted to go"

The Court and Prisoner having no other questions to ask, the witness was dismissed.

Madame Michelly, a witness for the prosecution was then called into court and being duly warn testified as follows:

Question
By Judge Advocate. Do you resided with Miss. Alice Jenkins about six miles from Natchez, in Adams County, Mississippi?

Answer
"I do."

Question
By Judge Advocate Were you there on the night of the 9th of January 1864?

Answer
"I was."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Did anything unusual taken place there that night?

Answer
"Yes, three men came in the house, and committed a robbery."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Could you recognize any of the robbers in case you should see them again?

Answer
"I could."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Do you recognize any one present in this room as one of them?

Answer
"This young man is one of them" (The witness here pointed out Pirate John Feltis Co. "G" 12th Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, the prisoner),"he is the one who stood guard at the head of the stairs"

Question
By Judge Advocate. Did any of them try to take any money away from you?

Answer
"I took a purse and a small valuable package that were lying in the drawer, one of them turned as though he was about to siege it from me but did not do it."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Did any of them threaten you in case you resisted?

Answer
"One of them told me ‘If I did not shut up I would be sorry for it.'"

Cross Examination by Defense. Did the prisoner at the bar stop you from going down stairs that night when stationed on guard at the head of the stairs.

Answer
"I advanced to the head of the stairs for the purpose of going down. The other man called to the prisoner, who was at the head of the stairs, 'Don't let her go down them stairs,' I then drew back supposing as a matter of course that if I made any further attempt to go down, I might be roughly dealt with."
The court and Prisoner having no further questions to ask, the witness was accordingly dismissed.
1st Sergeant Frank H. Puttney of Co. "G" 12th Wis. Vol. Int. a witness for the prosecution, was then called into court and being duly sworn, testified as follows:

Question
By Judge Advocate. Was there a roll call at tattoo on the night of the 9th of January 1864, in your company?

Answer
"There was not"

Question
By Judge Advocate. Was, or was not the tent of the prisoner occupied that night?

Answer
"I do not know."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Why was there no roll call there that night at tattoo?

Answer
"I was ill myself; the other sergeants could not call the roll for memory and a light could not burn outside that then."

Question
By Court Do you or do you not know where the prisoner was in camp?

Answer
"I do not."

Question
By Judge Advocate. Did the prisoner know that you were ill and that there would be no roll call that night?

Answer
"He did not."

Question
By court. Was the accused on guard that night?

Answer
"He was not"

The court and Prisoner having not further questions to ask, the witness was dismissed.

Lieut. Col. James R. Proudfit. 12th Wis. Vol. Infantry a witness for the prosecution, was then called into court and being duly sworn, testified as follows:

Question
By Judge Advocate. Did Private John Feltis, Co. "G" 12th Wis. Vol. Inf. Have a permit from his commanding officer to be absent form camp on the night of the 9th of January 1864?

Answer
"He had no permit from me. I was commanding the regiment at the time."

Question
By Judge Advocate. A permit to have been lawful would it or not, require your sanction?

Answer
"Under existing orders it would."

The Court and Prisoner having not further questions to ask, the witness was dismissed.

The prosecution here Closed

The accused, having no testimony to offer, or defense to make, the Judge Advocate submitted the case to the court without remark.

The court was then closed for deliberation and having maturely considered the evidence adduced, do find the accused, Private John Feltis, 12th Regiment Wis. Vol. Infantry. Co. "G" as follows:

Charge 1st
Of the Specification 1st Charge: "Guilty"
Of the 1st Charge - "Guilty"
Charge 2d
Of the Specification 2d Charge: "Guilty"
Of the 2d Charge - "Guilty"
Charge 3rd
Of the Specification 3rd Charge: "Guilty"
Of the 3rd Charge - "Guilty"
Charge 4th
Of the Specification 4th Charge: "Guilty"
Of the 4th Charge - "Guilty"

The court do therefore sentience him, Private John Feltis, of Co "G" Wis. Vol. Inf. To be confined in some military prison for a period of ten (10) years, to forfeit all pay and allowances that are or may become due him, and to wear a ball and chain attached to his leg, two (2) months of each year.

Signed L. Kent Col. 29th Ill. Vol. Inf.
Signed P. C. Haimes 1st Lt. U. S. Eng. President C. M.
Judge Advocate Approved Signed B. G. Fanar Co. Comdg. U. S. Forces, Natchez, Miss.


                                                                Head Qurs. Dept. and Army of Tennessee
                                                                Huntsville, Ala. Apr. 22d, 1864
Proceedings Findings and Sentence Approved and respectfully forwarded
                                                                Signed J. B. McPherson
                                                                                Maj. General

                                                                Head Quarters Dept. and Army of Tennessee
                                                                Chattanooga, Tenn., May 26th 1864.
Respectfully Referred to Brig Genl. J. M. Firth
Comdg. M. S. forces Natchez, Miss. For his action in accordance with
Endorsement of the Judge Advocate General.
                                                                By order of Maj. Genl. McPherson
                                                                Signed John H. Monroe
                                                                                Asst. Adj. Genl.

                                                                Head Quarters Dist. Of Vicksburg
                                                                June 7th 1864
Respectfully referred to Co. B. G. Farrar Commanding at Natchez
                                                                By Command of Maj. Genl. Slocum
                                                                Signed H. C. Rogers
                                                                                Asst. Adj. Genl.

                                                                Head Qrs. U. S. Forces Natchez, Miss
                                                                June 18th 1864
Respectfully returned with the approval of the Commanding Officer of
this post, the Court having been dissolved, no plea of confinement is
specified.
                                                                Signed B. G. Farrar
                                                                                Col. Comdg.

                                                                Head Quarters Dist. Of Vicksburg
                                                                VBurg., Miss., June 23d, 1864
Respectfully forwarded with the recommendation that the military prison
at Alton, Illinois be designated as the place of confinement.
                                                                Signed H. W. Slocum
                                                                                Maj. Genl. Comd'g Dist. VBurg.

                                                                Head Qers. Dep. And Army of the Tenn.
                                                                Chattanooga, Tenn., July 13th 1864
Respectfully Forwarded by John K. Monroe Asst. Adj. Genl. In he absence
of the Genl. Commanding in the field.


[In December of 1893, John Feltis wrote a letter to W. B. McPherson, the Assistant Adjutant General of the State of Wisconsin, on the possibility of receiving an Honorable Discharge. Following is McPherson's response.]

STATE OF WISCONSIN

ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE

                779 U. S.
                                                                                                                    MADISON. Dec. 9th 1893
        John Feltis
        Wausau, Wis.

        Dear Sir and Comrade:
                                                                                                                                    Genl. Geo. E. Bryant
called upon me yesterday, with reference to your record, and final disposition as a member of Co. "G" 12th Wis. Inf. After looking over the papers on file in this office, relating to the service, we concluded to write the Sec. Of War and asked if, under the circumstances, and honorable discharge can not be issued to you. In reviewing the matter today, I think it best to write you and ask that you make a statement of the facts, and a request of the Secy. Of War for an honorable discharge and I will then forward that with the papers of file here, or copies of them, and see what can be down. I am satisfied from Gen. Bryant's statement that you are entitled to an honorable discharge.
        Very respectfully yours.
                                                                            W. B. McPherson
                                                                            Ast. Adj. Genl.


[John Feltis' response to W. B. McPherson as follows]

Wausau, Wis. Dec. 15th 93
W. B. McPherson
Astt. Adjt. Genl., Madison. Wis.

Dear Sir and Comrade.

Your letter dated the 9th came to my hand to-day. I am thankful to you for the interest you take and the confidence you have in my Honorable Discharge from the service of the U. S. I had an Honorable Discharge with red ink written diagonally across the same stating ("Sentenced to Military Prison for ten years"), which I lost in running lumber over Little Bull Falls. These words should never have been written across my discharge. But I was young at the time and very independent and did not care. I also felt very much aggrieved over he treatment I had received knowing that I had served fatefully and did not deserve it. The fact of my Discharge and of the Court Martial and my sentience are matters of record on file at Washington. I have made a fully, and a detailed statement of the case and sent the same to McCord when he was a Congressman and he turned them over to Senator Sawyer at Washington D. C. Col. Bryant's statement sent on with the papers, will be all I think that is needed. I have also written Congressman Thos. Lynch to-day, to look up matters, and when o send one copy of papers on file in our office if you do so at once, will I hope bring me an Honorable Discharge. You will of course explain matters as far as you can and Co. Bryant's Statement will fix matters.
Hoping to hear from you as soon as you hear from Washington D. C.

I am yours Very Respectfully
                    John Feltis
Per.
W. B. Philbrick, Adjt. Cutler
Post No. 55, G.A.R. and Commander
elect for susueing year.

[The out come of his quest for Honorable Discharge is not known at this time.]

From the 1200 Series of the 12th Wisconsin Infantry Volunteers.