F/W 1304 M 1863
Oct 20 / 63
Ordnance Sergeant Franklin Rounds was left at Fort Arbuckle CN by my order in compliance with instruction received from Col Emory. I recd instructions from Col E at 8 o'c am on 3d of May 1861 to take of and evacuate Fort Arbuckle by one o'clock pm to leave all keys with Ordnance Sergeant Rounds, and to join him on the Washita river the same evening.
I did as directed. All orders and instructions relating to Ord Sergt Rounds are with the records of Fort Arbuckle, which I took with me on abandoning the Post. After my joining Col Emory he directed the records to be burned. Ord. Sergt Rounds remained at Fort Arbuckle by order and I am satisfied from my knowledge of the man that he has returned to the flag by the first opportunity and am glad so proud a soldier has been restored to the service. From his knowledge of that section of the
country and its inhabitants, his services must be of great value to any command.
Inspt Genl U.S.A.
Respectfully returned to Gen'l Schofield with reference to the reports of Gen'l Emory and Col. Sacket. The commander of Fort Smith or Genl Blunt, if they be called on for report, may be able to add sufficient facts to these already elicited from General Emory and Col. Sacket to enable General Schofield to form a correct judgement as to the Sergeants' filling. Reference accordingly as directed. The Sergeant has not, in the judgement of this office, made out a clean case in his favor.
A. G. O.
26 Oct. '63
Asst. Adjt. Gen'l
F/W 1304 M 1863
Adjutant Generals Office
Washington, October 20, 1863
The following is a statement of the service of Ordnance Sergeant Franklin Rounds as exhibited by the records of this office.
1st Service Enlisted Nov 8, 1837, for 3 years, discharged Sept 27,1840, by re enlistment a private of Company D 7th Infantry.
2nd Service Re enlisted Sept 27, 1840, for 5 years, discharged July 27, 1845, by re enlistment a Sergeant of Compay E 7th Infantry
3rd Service Re enlisted July 27, 1845, for 5 years, discharged July 1, 1850, by re enlistment, Quarter Master Sergeant of the 7th Infantry
4th Service Re enlisted July 1, 1850, for 5 years, discharged May 1, 1855, by re enlistement an Ordnance Sergeant
5th Service Re enlisted May 1, 1855, for 5 years, discharged March 1, 1860, by re enlistment, an Ordnance Sergeant
6th Service Re enlisted March 1, 1860, for 5 years -- On the Post Return of Fort Arbuckle for the month of April 1861 (the latest received)
he is borne as present for duty. The post was immediately after evacuated by the U.S. troops and nothing has been heard or known of him here, from that to the present time, other than that commmunicated within.
Jas A Sladen
Asst Adjt Genl