North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Jan. 12, 1896|
U.S. Civil War Soldier Records and Profiles
about Linzy Secrease
Name: Linzy Secrease
Residence: Hopeville, Iowa
Age at Enlistment: 31
Enlistment Date: 10 Oct 1863
Rank at enlistment: Teamster
State Served: Iowa
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company H, Iowa 9th Cavalry Regiment on 10 Oct 1863.
Birth Date: abt 1832
Sources: Roster & Record of Iowa Soldiers in the War of Rebellion
Private Linzy Seacreas, 32 years old, born in North Carolina, 6' tall,
was tried April 4th, 1864 at St. Louis, Missouri before a GCM on the charge of laraceny.
He was convicted, and sentenced to be dishonorably discharged the service, to forfeit all pay
and allowances and to be confined at hard labor in the Missouri St. Penitentiary for four years.
Sixty seven dollars were stolen from a patient in the hospital at Benton Barracks and the prinsoner,
having occupied the next bed to the party robbed, was suspected of the theft,
and upon his bed being searched, he left the hospital and went to the privy,
and while there, was seen to hide something in the ventilator where immediately afterwards,
his pocket book, with a part of the stolen money in it, and a bundle of yellow paper,
which corresponded with same known to be in his possession, containing the balance, were found.
The ward-master testified that the prisoner subsequently acknowledged having taken the money.
He now requests to be released from imprisonment and asserts that he was convicted on the testimony,
principally on one witness; that he is innocent of the offense charge; that he found the money upon
the floor of the hospital, and handed it over to the nurse of his ward, and told him that he had found it, and that he could have proved this, had he been allowed to summons certain witnesses.
The record of his trial shows his present statement to be false.
Three witnesses testified that he secreted the money in the ventilator of the privy,
and that it was found by two of them-the nurse and druggist of the hospital who searched
the place immediately after he left it.
This is a letter that Linzy sent to His Excellency, Andrew Johnson, President of US on Sept. 11, 1865
"Sir, I have the honor to inform you, that, about two months ago, I sent forward to your address, papers,setting forth the condition of my health, showing that I had been in the army, and seeking my release on the grounds therein states, but, as yet, I have received no answer to date, in any manner.
I enlisted as a private in Co H, 9th Iowa Cav. on the 10th day of October, 1863, and continued
to serve with such command until my arrest on the charge of larcency, Feb. 27, 1864,
at Benton Barracks, Mo., and was tried April 10, 1864,before a court martial or military
commission then in session at St. Louis, Mo was convicted and sentenced to this prison for four years.
I was convicted on the trial, upon the testimony, principally of one man,
who undertook to testify to my confession, but swore to a statement directly to the contrary
of that which I had made to him. As I could and would have established on the trial,
to the satisfaction of the court, had I been allowed the witnesses whose names I gave to the court,
but I was told I did not require any witnesses. they were not summoned although,
they were in the service, and then at Benton Barracks, Mo.
I was not guilty of the larceny, but found the money ($67.00) on the floor of the hospital,
at Benton Barracks, and so informed the ward master of the hospital, at the time I gave it
to the nurse, who gave it to the ward master, but the ward master testifed that I told him
I had stolen the money, which was false and could have been so proved if I had been allowed
by witnesses as I desired. No one would have known that I had the money, except by my reporting
the finding thereof and because I faithfully discharge my duty, and the ward master wanted
to keep the money I had so found and reported, and I told him he had no right to it,
he willingly perjured himself for the purpose of getting me out of the way,
so that he would keep the paltry sum of sixty-seven dollars. I am a man of family,
having a wife and four small children, all dependent upon me to support, of which they
have been deprived for a long time, and I most respectfully, but earnestly ask that
I may be released from imprisonment and restored to all the rights which I have lost
by the finding sentence.
I am most respectfully, your obedient servant, Linzy Seacreas"
Sarah Anna Conner Kimbrell (1838 - 1913)
Created by: vlang
Record added: Mar 01, 2011
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