Sentence for Desertion
Original Author: General Thomas J. Jackson
Created: October 8, 1862
Medium: Handwritten page

Sentence for Desertion

An official order from Confederate general Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson on October 8, 1862, notes the sentence a military court has passed upon private Thomas G. Shaver of the 27th Virginia Volunteers for having been found guilty of desertion: "To receive thirty lashes, to have his head shaved and drummed out of the service." Despite writing that "the proceedings finding and sentence are approved," Jackson overturned the punishment citing the reason that "the execution of it would be detrimental to the service."