Friday, February 1, 2013

1863 January 26 U.S. Steamer Currituck

                      U. S. Steamer "Currituck"
                                   Rappahannock River
                                          January 26 - 1863

Sir
                I beg to Enclose a Copy of Charges,
preferred by Acting Ensign Thomas Nelson
and Acting Masters mate A. Felix, against
Francis Atkins Ordinary Seaman of this
Vessel.  I Can not try him by a Summary
Court Martial for I have not a sufficient
number of Acting Commissioned Officers on
board to Comply with the laws of the Navy in
forming a Court.   I will thank you to direct
me how to act, as I think he needs some
punishment more than the laws of the Navy
allow me to inflict
                                              Very respectfully
                                                     your obt. Servant
                                                         T. J. Linnekin
                                                    acting Master Comdg
E. R. McCrea Esqr
      Lt Commander & adjutant
         Potomac Flotilla
            U.S.S. "Jacob Bell"

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