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Numbers 20. Proceedings of a Board of Investigation.

PROCEEDINGS OF A BOARD OF INVESTIGATION WHICH CONVENED AT MEMPHIS, TENN., ON THE 27TH DAY OF JUNE, 1864, PURSUANT TO THE FOLLOWING ORDER:

SPECIAL ORDERS,

HDQRS. DISTRICT OF WEST TENNESSEE, Numbers 63.

Memphis, Tenn., June 25, 1864.

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VII. A military Board of Investigation is hereby convened to meet at Memphis, Tenn., on Monday, June 27, 1864, at 9 a. m., or as soon thereafter as practicable, to investigate and report the facts connected with the disaster to the late expedition under Brigadier- General Sturgis. Detail for the Board: Brigadier General M. Brayman, U. S. Volunteers; Brigadier General R. P. Buckland, U. S. Volunteers; Colonel I. G. Kappner, THIRD U. S. Heavy Artillery, Colored Troops; recorder, Major J. O. Pierce, assistant adjutant- general, U. S. Volunteers. The Board will sit without regard to hours.

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By order of Major General C. C. Washburn:

W. H. MORGAN,

Assistant Adjutant- General.

MEMPHIS, TENN., June 27, 1864- 10 a. m.

The Board met pursuant to the foregoing orders.

Present, the members of the Board and the recorder.

The order convening the Board was then read. The members of the Board were then duly sworn by the recorder and the recorder was duly sworn by the president of the Board.

By order of the Board a communication in the words and figures following was directed to be forwarded to Major- General Washburn, commanding District of WEST Tennessee, viz:

ROOMS OF BOARD OF INVESTIGATION,

Brigadier General M. BRAYMAN, PRESIDENT,

Memphis, Tenn., June 27, 1864.

Major General C. C. WASHBURN,

Commanding District of WEST Tennessee:

GENERAL: By direction of the Board of Investigation convened by Special Orders, Numbers 63, extract VII, you are respectfully requested to furnish the Board with copies of the orders organizing the late expedition under Brigadier- General Sturgis, and governing or affecting its movements, and copies of all reports made by General Sturgis or his subordinates in command, in relation to the expedition and its results, so far as you may deem it proper to communicate the same.

Very respectfully,

M. BRAYMAN,

Brigadier- General of Volunteers, President.

JAMES O. PIECE,

Major and Assistant Adjutant- General of Volunteers, Recorder.

The Board then adjourned to meet at 2 p. m. to- morrow.