1864 Civil War, Navy Death Sentence Leniency General Order
Civil War Union Naval Order “Death Sentence Leniency”. March 22, 1864-Dated Civil War Period, Navy Department General Order No. 31, 8.5” x 5.5”, Choice Mint. . Signed in print by Gideon Welles, as Secretary of the Navy, printed “general orders”. Seven military personnel are being punished for: “ ...leaving there station before regularly received,” an offense which subjects the person guilty of it to the punishment of death....” The justification for lenient course in this case is attributed to: “... that they were not duly admonished by those whose duty it was to impress them with a proper sense of discipline...” .