Civil War Document Docketed by Joseph Holt

Holt, Joseph (1807-1894). Judge Advocate General of the United States Army (1862-1875). Docketed Special Orders No. 284 issued by the War Department, 1p, 7.5 x 9.75 in., Washington, DC. August 29, 1864. Holt signs as "Judge Adv. General," attesting to the compliance of Captain Jacob F. Slagle, 149th Pennsylvania Infantry, with the associated order, which calls for Slagle to report to Holt directly during his medical treatment.

Slagle had enlisted as a first lieutenant in August of 1862 with Co. D, 149th Pennsylvania Infantry. He was promoted to the rank of captain in April of 1864 but shortly thereafter horrifically sustained a gunshot wound to the Battle of the Wilderness, May 4, 1864. He reported to Holt during his recovery, returning to his regiment when his health improved. He was wounded again at the Battle of Petersburg and subsequently accepted a presidential appointment under Holt as Major and Judge Advocate of the U.S. Army. Prior to Holt's assumption of the Judge Advocate General role, he had served in both the Lincoln and Buchanan administrations, first as Postmaster General and then as Secretary of War. During his service to James Buchanan, Holt convinced the president to oppose secession in the South and fought to keep his home state of Kentucky in the Union.


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