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Federal (USV)


Albert A. Lacy

Home State: Rhode Island

Branch of Service: Infantry

Unit: 4th Rhode Island Infantry

Before Antietam

From South Kingstown, he enlisted on 18 September 1861 in Company H, 4th Rhode Island Infantry.

On the Campaign

He was listed as a deserter on 17 September 1862 at Antietam.

The rest of the War

Tried by General Court Martial (GCM) for misbehavior before the enemy, found guilty, sentenced to be shot to death, promulgated by order from HQ Department of VA and NC on 8 January 1864. The New York Times of 18 January 1864 had it:

By order of Gen. BUTLER, privates ALBERT A. LACY, Company H, Fourth Rhode Island Volunteers, JAMES C. GRATTAN, Company F, Eleventh Pennsylvania cavalry, and private HENRY WOODING, Company C, Eighth Connecticut Volunteers, convicted of the charge of desertion, will be shot to death with musketry, 48 hours after their sentences shall have been read to them, between the hours of 8 oclock, A.M., and 12 M., at such place within the lines, near Portsmouth, Va., commanded by Brig.-Gen. GETTY, as shall be designated by that officer.
His sentence was suspended by President Lincoln on 20 January, and mitigated by an Army General Order later in 1864. He was serving sentence at Norfolk, VA at the unit muster out on 15 October 1864. He was released from prison on 27 May 1869.

References & notes

Basic information from Dyer1. The President's action in a letter of 20 January 1864 is found in Volume VII of the Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln (1953).


1   Dyer, Elisha, Annual Report of the Adjutant General of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations for the Year 1865 (corrected), 2 Volumes, Providence: E.L. Freeman & Son, 1893, Vol. 1, pp. 286 - 292  [AotW citation 14070]