Headquarters of the Army
New York November 23 1853
I have the honor to return herewith the recommendations for the appointment of Ordnance Sergeants in the case of 1st Sergt Lewis Bates Co. D 5th Infantry; Qr. Mr. Sergeant Franklin Rounds 7th Infantry; Sergeant Major Thomas Riordan 1st Infantry; Sergeant Blakely Abbott Co F 7th Infantry; Sergeant George T. A. Nixon Co B 4th Arty; 1st Sergeant William Burke Co G 7th Infantry; 1st Sergeant Ernest Missor Co E 4th Arty; 1st Sergeant William J Allen Co F 2d Arty; and 1st Sergeant Hoyt Palmer L 2d Arty; the service of the last expired 15th September last. [Sgt P did not re enlist.]
The Posts at which appointments are to be made, are:
Fort Smith, vica Ailes, deceased.
" Arbuckle, " Bealy, deserted.
" Brown, " Curtis who is to be discharged.
" Pickens, " Hinman, deceased.
Oglethorpe Bks, " Albridge, deceased.
Fort Wolcott, [Recommended by Genl Churchill in his report of Nov 10, herewith.]
The General-in-chief recommends appointments be made in the order in which the applicants names are above written.
One of the most meritorious non-commissioned officers on the list, (Rounds), is a Qr. Mr. Sergeant, and another (Riordan) Sergeant Major.
These, by a decision made in 1850 are ineligible. The General-in-chief is of opinion that the Sergeant-Major & Qr. Mr. Sergt. are, in the meaning of the law, “Sergeants in the line” — that the decision of 1850 is unjust to the most meritorious of the non-commissioned officers and he requests that the subject be brought before the Secretary of War with the recommendation that the practice prior to 1850 be revived.
+ The applicataion of Ordnance Sergeant Curtis for his discharge, referred to in your endorsement of Sept 17th has not been recieved.