Case of alleged illegal retention of a colored boy by Captain R. E. Johnston, 1st Infantry

Letters Received by the Office of the Adjutant General (Main Series), 1871 – 1880

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86 A. G. O. 1871
Adjutant General’s Office,
January 10th, 1871

Case of alleged illegal retention of a colored boy by Captain R. E. Johnston, 1st Infantry

January 7th, 1871, Eliza Thompson, colored, of Louisville, Kentucky, makes affidavit that she is the widow of the late Thomas Thompson, Sergeant, 100th United States Colored Volunteers, and the mother of Samuel T. Thompson, a lad of 14 years of age; that Captain Johnston has possession and control of her son, under an indenture of apprenticeship executed by 2nd Lieutenant James H. Rice, formerly of the 44th Infantry, the agreement in which was that the boy should be taught the trade of an honest man. She is amply able to provide for her son, and has repeatedly urged the said Johnston to restore her boy, who is willing and anxious to be discharged. As her child has received nothing for the duties performed (that of servant) and as she has not been paid anything, asks that a sufficient sum to pay her be stopped from the pay of Captain Johnston for the services of her son from April 8th, 1867, and that he be required to give up her boy so that she can pay his expenses to his home in Louisville.

Captain Johnston is stationed at Fort Porter, New York.

Lieutenant Rice belongs to Company C of the 17th Infantry, and is at Allston, Massachusetts where he has been awaiting action of Retiring Board.

Adjutant Generals Office
Washington, January 11, 1871

Respectfully referred through the Commanding Officer, Fort Porter, N. Y. To Captain R. E. Johnston, 1st Infantry for remark. Papers to be returned.

E. D. Townsend
Adjutant General

Hd. Qrs. Fort Porter, N. Y.
January 13, 1871

Respectfully referred to Capt. R. E. Johnston for his remarks. These papers to be returned.
By command of Captain ?Sturgeon
1st Lieut. Adju. 1st Inf.
Post Adjutant

86 A. G. O 1871
Head Qrs. Ft. Porter
Buffalo, N. Y.
Jan. 19th, 1871

Respectfully returned to the Adjt. General of the Army, Washington D. C. with (illegible) inform him that I have shipped the boy Samuel to his mother in Louisville, Ky. and that I am delighted to learn that she is willing and able to take care of him.

R. E. Johnston
Capt. 1st Infantry
Commanding Post