Twice Ordered To Washington With Horse Thieves





The following is a copy of my release from duty to be mustered out:





Headquarters,

Middle Military Department.

Baltimore, July 19th, 1865.



Special Order No. 1.



I. Lieut. H. B. Smith, 5th N. Y. H. Artillery, is hereby

relieved from duty as Assistant Provost Marshal, 8th Army

Corps, and will rejoin his regiment without delay.



By command of Major General Hancock.



ADAM E. KING,

Asst. Adjutant General.



Official.

(Signed) GEO. H. HOOKER,

Assistant Adjutant General.



Lt. H. B. Smith,

5th N. Y. H. Artillery, D. Co.









Headquarters, Middle Department,

8th Army Corps.

Baltimore, Md., July 20, 1865.



Lieutenant H. B. Smith, 5th New York Artillery, was on

detached service as Assistant to the Provost Marshal, Middle

Department, 8th Army Corps, at Baltimore, Maryland, during

sixteen (16) months, 1864 and 1865, and always performed his

duties zealously, efficiently, and promptly.



He won the confidence and esteem of the General Commanding,

and all the officers of the Staff. As Lieut. Smith is to be

mustered out of service, I take pleasure in thus furnishing

him with evidence of the meritorious service he has rendered,

and my belief that he will be equal to any trust that may be

reposed on him, and entirely worthy the confidence of all with

whom he may be associated in civil life.



SAMUEL B. LAWRENCE,

Lieut. Col. & A. A. G.





On August 1st, 1865, I was appointed as a civilian to perform the same

duties:





Military

Headquarters, Middle Department,

Office Provost Marshal.

Baltimore, August 31, 1865.



Special Order No. 106.



1st. H. B. Smith, Commanding Detective Corps. Middle Military

Division, will proceed to Philadelphia, Pa., for the purpose

of obtaining information regarding a certain commissioned

officer of the U. S. Vet. Res. Corps.



On completion of his duty he will report at these headquarters

without delay.



Quartermaster's department will furnish transportation.



By command of Major General Humphreys.



JOHN WOOLLEY,

Lt. Col. & Pro. Mar. General.









Headquarters,

Middle Military Department,

Office Provost Marshal General,

Baltimore, Sept. 20, 1865.



Special Order No. 116.



IInd. H. B. Smith, Chief of Detective Corps, Middle Military

Department, and one man as guard, will proceed to Washington,

D. C., in charge of the following-named horse thieves:



Michael Shea and H. J. Hoffman. On arrival he will deliver the

prisoners with accompanying paper to Colonel T. Ingraham,

Provost Marshal General, Defences of Potomac, receive receipt

and report at these headquarters without delay.



Quartermaster's Department will furnish transportation.



By command of Major General Hancock.



JOHN WOOLLEY,

Lt. Col. & Pro. Mar. Gen'l.





Horse stealing was much in fashion at this time.





Headquarters,

Middle Military Department,

Office Provost Marshal General,

Baltimore, Sept. 22, 1865.



Special Order No. 117.



II. H. B. Smith, Chief of Detective Corps, Middle Military

Department, and one man as guard, will proceed to Washington,

D. C., in charge of the following named horse thieves:



Wm. H. Smith and R. B. Franklin, alias Robert Nelson. On

arrival he will deliver the prisoners with accompanying papers

to Capt. Geo. B. Russell, Acting Provost Marshal General,

Defences North of Potomac, receive receipt for same and report

at these headquarters without delay.



Quartermaster's Department will furnish transportation.



By command of Major General Hancock.



JOHN WOOLLEY,

Lt. Col. & Provost Marshal General.





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