Thursday, April 01, 2021


LT James D. Bennett
During the war at least 131 men were charged with desertion. Nine of those, however, were as a result of the chaos which ensued in wake of the fiasco at First Bull Run, July 21, 1861. 

Straggling probably also accounted for another 44 men who were charged with desertion on or about September 21, 1862, at Upton's Hill, Virginia. (Many of those charges were removed after the war.) 

Of the number charged with actually having deserted we know: 

53 were discharged for disability
5 mustered out of service
3 died of disease
4 listed as No Further Record
21 transferred to the 5th Michigan infantry upon consolidation of the two regiments in June of 1864
3 transferred to U.S. regular army units
6 transferred to the Veterans Reserve Corps (also known as the Invalid Corps)

During the war 34 men of the Old 3rd Michigan Infantry were court-martialed:
James Ayes
Joseph Badger - sent to the penitentiary
Ambrose Bell
LT James Bennett - cashiered (pictured above)
Charles Birkenstock (while serving in the 5th Michigan Infantry)
John Bissell
LT Almon Borden - cashiered
George Bridgman*
CAPT Emery Bryant
George Clay*
George Cook*
Charles Corey*
Zara Cotton*
George Decker
Charles Finch
Sylvester Gay Charles Henderson Edwin Hoard (while serving in the 5th Michigan Infantry)
Abram Ketchum
Ozias Martin
Abram Martindale
ames Maury - sent to prison
Ben Nestle - branded with a "D" on his hip and drummed out of the army
Moses Newman
Andrew Nickerson
Henry Parker
William Payne*
Abram Shear - sent to the penitentiary
Amos Stockwell
John H. Sumner (while serving in the Reorganized 3rd Michigan Infantry)
William Van Dyke*
William Von Wagner
Elijah Warner
Charles Wright (while serving in the 5th Michigan Infantry) *Probably court-martialed.

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