July 1862 Special Order Accepting Resignation of Captain Joseph H. Reynolds, 47th New York

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July 1862 Special Order Accepting Resignation of Captain Joseph H. Reynolds, 47th New York

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An interesting 1862 special order accepting the resignation of Captain Joseph H. Reynolds of the 47th New York Volunteers. By the language used in the order it’s clear Reynolds was facing dismissal for some unknown transgression and was allowed to save face by resigning. It is staff-signed for General David Hunter and Major Charles G. Halpine, Hunter’s chief-of-staff. The order reads:

Head Quarters Dept. of the South
Hilton Head, Port Royal, S.C.
July 11th 1862

Special Orders
No. 181

The resignation of Capt. J. H. Reynolds, Co. K 47th Regt. N.Y.V. is hereby accepted to take effect from the 8th day of July 1862.

He is accordingly discharged from the service under circumstances not entitling him to bounty lands or to be re-commissioned as an officer in the military service of the United States.

By Command of
Major Genl. D. Hunter
(Sgd) Chas. G. Halpine
Asst. Adjt. Genl. &
Chief of Staff

Official Copy
E. B. Cox
Adjutant 47th Regt. N.Y.S. Vols

This document was among a small collection of 47th New York papers, and so this copy is likely the one issued to Lieutenant Edwin B. Cox, the regiment’s adjutant. It was written on a shortened sheet of lined paper measuring about 8” x 8 1/4”. It is in good condition with minor toning. There is separation at the folds, which have been stabilized with document tape.

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