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Application for Appointment

F/w H-384   1853
210 R
Head Qrs 7th Infantry
Fort Smith Ark. Aug 20 52

Henry Wilson
Colonel 7th Infy

Transmitting Bvt Captain F Gardner´s letter of recommendation for Ordnance appointment Franklin Rounds

Rec´d Sept 15 /52

Head quarters, 7th Infy
Fort Smith August 20 1852
To the Adjutant General:
Sir: I forward for consideration of the proper authority, an application for the appointment of Ordnance Sergeant:
Name and Regiment
(The applicant must be a sergeant of the line of the army.)
Letter of
Length of Service
(To be not less than eight years, four of which as non-commissioned officer.)
As non-commissioned Officer In the army
Years Months Years Months
Franklin Rounds
7th Infantry
R S Thirteen Four Fifteen Only 1/2
Enclosed herewith, you will receive the Report of Bvt Capt F Gardner the officer commanding the the company, in which the sergeant has been serving, to which I add the following Remarks:—[The remarks should relate to the qualifications of the applicant, among which, a legible hand writing is essential.
The applicant QM Sergt Rounds is from all I can learn, admirable well qualified to discharge the duties of Ordnance Sergt – and upon those grounds, recommend him for an app´t
K Wilson
Col 7th Inf

Franklin Gardner (1823 – 1873) was a Second Lieutenant in the 7th Infantry. Serving first in Pensacola, Florida, he served in the Mexican War. At the Battle of Monterrey he was brevetted to First Lieutenant for bravery. He later served at the siege of Vera Cruz, Churubusco, and Molino del Rey. For bravery in these latter battles he was brevetted once again to Captain. In 1847 he was assigned as Regimental Adjutant, a position he held until 1853. He later was a Confederate general in the American Civil War, noted for his service at the Siege of Port Hudson on the Mississippi.

Adjutants Office 7th Inf
Fort Smith 20 Aug 1852
Adjutant General
U.S. Army
Washington C.C.
I have the honor respectfully to state that I have known the within named Sergt. Rounds since the 1stof January 1844 – He has been a sergeant since that period, and conducted himself uniformly as a good soldier and has held a position of trust during that time. I would urgently recommend him for the appointment of Ordnance Sergeant as every way fitted for the position and would respectfully suggest his appointment for the Post of Fort Arbuckle where I believe there is a vacancy.
Very Respectfully
Your Ob Servant
F Gardner
Bvt Capt
AGT 7 Iny

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H 107 (Hot Tex?) Sept 19 1852

Adjutants General´s Office
Washington October 13, 1852
In reply to your letter of August 20th recommending Quartermaster Sergeant Franklin Rounds of the 7th Infantry for the appointment of Ordnance Sergeant, I have to inform you that by the decision of the War Department of May 22 1850 non commisioned Staff Officers of regiments are not eligible to such appointment.
The Act of April 5 1832 Section 2 creating the office of Ordnance sergeant confines the selection to "Sergeants of the line of the Army" and the grade of Quartermaster Sergeant is recognized by law as a distrinct grade and different from that of Sergeant.
I have the honor to be Sir,
Your Obt Srvt
Signed S Cooper
Adj Genl
Colonel Henry Wilson
Comdg Off 7th Infantry
Fort Smith, Ark