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MAJOR GENERAL JAMES BARNET FRY - DOCUMENT SIGNED 04/23/1861 - HFSID 131651

JAMES B. FRY As ordered by President Lincoln, he conveys a command to dismiss a lieutenant from the US Army, eleven days after Fort Sumter. Document signed: "James B. Fry" as Assistant Adjutant General, 1 page, 4¾x7 attached to 4¾x7¾ card (two surfaces).

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JAMES B. FRY
As ordered by President Lincoln, he conveys a command to dismiss a lieutenant from the US Army, eleven days after Fort Sumter.
Document signed: "James B. Fry" as Assistant Adjutant General, 1 page, 4¾x7 attached to 4¾x7¾ card (two surfaces). War Department, Adjutant General's Office, Washington, 1863 April 23. Citing General Orders No. 11, Fry issued the following command: "First Lieutenant Charles H. Ogle, 1st Dragoons, having failed to render his accounts, as required by the act 'concerning the disbursement of public money,' approved January 31, 1823, the President directs that he be dismissed from the Army of the United States. He is accordingly hereby dropped from the Rolls of the Army. By order L. Thomas, Adjutant General". B/w book photo of Fry affixed in lower right corner. James Barnet Fry (1827-1894), West Point class of 1847, was Chief of Staff to Union Generals McDowell and Buell in the opening years of the Civil War (1861-1862). In 1863 he was made Provost Marshal General of the Army, keeping the post until it was abolished in 1866. The Provost Marshall of the Army, a post since reinstated, is in charge of the military police and army criminal investigations. Fry was on the platform when President Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address (November 19, 1863). From 1866 Fry served Adjutant General, dealing with personnel recruitment and administration, retiring as a Major General. He later wrote several books of history on the Civil War and other topics. This piece merits further research. At first glance, the dismissal of Lt. Ogle might appear the result of financial malfeasance. However, it took place in the context of the secession of southern states from the Union, and the withdrawal of many southern officers from the US Army in order to fight for the Confederacy. Was this the real reason Lt. Ogle "failed to render his accounts" and was dropped from the Rolls of the Army? A General Order is a command directive enunciating a policy, as opposed to a direct order to an individual solider. Lightly chipped at edges. Soiled. Fold crease, not near signature. Otherwise, fine condition.

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