Fort Hieleman letter about discharge

Date Written

Sept. 7, 1836

Martin Jones Burke was 19 years old when this was written.
The recipient, Brig. Gen. Roger Jones, was 47 when it was received.

Martin Jones Burke died 10 years, 11 months, 13 days after writing this.
It was written 187 years, 26 days ago.
It was a Wednesday.

Fort Hieleman, Garey’s Ferry
September 7, 1836


According to your order some time since, I forwarded to the Adjutant General’s office the necessary papers for the discharge of Private John Giesly of Co. H, 3rd Artty, but at the same time omitted to state that similar papers had been sent by repeated requests of the above individual to Charlestown, South Carolina, after I had forwarded the papers required by your office on this subject I wrote to the paymaster at Charleston to take the duplicates from the post office and destroy them. I have kept no copy of the letter to paymaster and this is from memory and the recollection of the Orderly Sergeant of the Company but I believe will be found correct duplicate discharges are prohibited by the regulations and it may be proper to explain how this matter occurred.

Have the Honor to be Sir,
Your Obt. Svt
Martin Burke
1 Lt. 1st Arty

Brigadier Gen’l R. Jones
Adjt Gen’l U. S. A.

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