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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)
born in New York