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17389  Gen. Darius Couch Writes About Friendly Fire and the
Death of a Black Servant
 LS, 1p. “ Hdqrs, Couch’s Division,
Aug. 21, 1862.  Capt. C C. Suydam, Assist. Adj, Gen. Hdgrs, 4th
Corps.  Sir: I have the honor to state that while my Division lay
near Lebanon Church, on the 19th inst. a black man employed
as servant to one of the officers of the 102nd Penna. Vol. was
shot dead by the accidental discharge of a carbine in the hands
of one of my sentinels, placed over the property of a Mr. Bryan,
living in that vicinity and having a safe-guard from Gen. Van
Alen.  I am, Sir, Very Respectfully your Obt. Servant, D. N.
Couch, Major General Commanding.”  $500    

Written to:  Charles Crooke Suydam

Residence was not listed; 25 years old.

Enlisted on 9/27/1861 at New York City, NY as a 1st Lieutenant.

On 10/31/1861 he was commissioned into "L" Co. NY 5th
He was discharged for promotion on 3/6/1862

On 3/6/1862 he was commissioned into
US Volunteers Adjutant Genl Dept
He Resigned on 12/31/1863

On 1/16/1864 he was commissioned into Field & Staff NJ 3rd
He Resigned on 11/15/1864

* 1st Sergt 12/4/1861
* Capt 3/6/1862 (Captain & Asst Adjutant General)
* Lt Colonel 8/30/1862 (Lt Colonel & Asst Adjutant General)
* Lt Colonel 1/16/1864 (As of 3rd NJ Cavalry)

Other Information:
born in New York