Private Cohen Pleads Guilty
[22 September 1861]
Private Abraham Cohen, Company Z, Anderson Zouaves on the following charge and specifications, viz:
Charge.-"Conduct prejudicial to good order and military discipline."
Specification 1st-In this ; that he, the said Private Abraham Cohen, Company Z, (French,) Anderson Zouaves did, on the
22d day of Septemher, 1861, become drunk upon a street of Washington, D. C., known as Vermont avenue, near N and 0 streets,
disturbing and preventing the peaceful transit of citizens and others ; entering houses and demanding food and refreshment
under threats of violence to the inmates; taking possession of a public pump upon the side walk, and preventing its use by
the neighbors. All this at Washington, D. C.
Specification 2d-In this; that the said Private Abraham Cohen, Company Z, (French,) Anderson Zouaves, did become riotous
upon the public streets at Washington, in the neighborhood of Vermont avenue and N street; forcibly entering houses and residences
of citizens, and brandishing an unsheathed Cavalry sabre to the great terror of the inmates and residents of the neighborhood
generally ; and in disturbance of the peace of the city. All this at Washington, D. C.
"The Court, after mature deliberation, finds the accused as follows :
Of the 1st Specification-confirms the plea of the accused, and finds him "Guilty." Of the 2d Specification-confirms
the plea of the accused, and finds him "Guilty." Of the Charge - confirms the plea of the accused, and finds him
And the Court does therefore sentence him, the said Abraham Cohen, Company Z, Anderson Zouaves To forfeit (12) twelve
dollars of his monthly pay for (4) four months ; to be kept in solitary confinement in the City Jail, on bread and water,
for (10) ten days."
General orders and index to general orders, 1861-1865, Part 1. By United States. Army of the Potomac.
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