Letter from Capt. Joseph H. Cogswell of Co. A, to Brig. Gen. William D. Whipple,
regarding the Discharge of Pvt. Benjamin J. Buckley of Co. A.
(transcribed by Loreen Wells)
Camp 150th New York Volunteers, Inf. Second Brigade, First Division, 20th Army Corps Atlanta, Ga. October 20, 1864. Brig. Gnr’l Wm. D. Whipple, A.A. Gnr'l Dept. of the Cumberland, General, I have the honor to ask for the discharge of Private Benjamin Buckley of my company. The necessary papers for your action thereon are forwarded herewith. The said “Buckley” was taken sick at the close of the Gettysburgh Campaign in July 1863, and during the forty-six days that my Regt. lay at Kelly’s Ford Va., he was unable to do duty. On the 16th September ‘63 he was sent to Hospital, whence he did not return till March 7, 1864. He was obliged to ride on the top of a car from Louisville Ky. to Normandy Tenn, and the inclemency of the weather brought on his former complaints. He did no duty during March and April. In the latter part of April he was sent to Hospital, and returned June 30th, but was still on the sick list. He was put on light duty, (supply train guard,) but soon was obliged to give that up. For the last two months he has done no duty. I do not think he will ever be of any benefit to the Service. Very Resp’y Your Obt. Svnt. Joseph H. Cogswell, Capt Co. A. 150th N.Y.Vols.
Capt. Joseph H. Cogswell, the writer of the letter
Brig. Gen. William D. Whipple, the recipient of the letter
Pvt. Benjamin J. Buckley, the subject of the letter
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