RETIREMENT OF LT. COLONEL ALEXANDER WEBB-CONGRESSIONAL REPORT N.158, 54TH CONGRESS 1ST SESSION, FEB. 4, 1896

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U.S. Government Printing Office, 4pp. 

Although this report deals with Gen. Webb in particular, it has wider application when considering the plight of the many regular officers who were incapacitated by wounds while on active service during the war, but were denied early retirement & and thereby forced to resign without benefits. Alexander Webb was one of these, and this report includes the following endorsement, which eloquently argues his case:

"…At the close of the war General Webb was transferred to the Forty-Fourth Infantry, then known as an invalid regiment, composed of wounded and disable officers and men. Upon the reduction of the Army in 1869 this regiment was consolidated with the Fifth Infantry, an active regiment. Many of the officers of this regiment were then retired. As General Webb was physically incapacitated for active service on the plains with the Fifth Infantry, he sought retirement. In this he was unsuccessful. He thereupon resigned and has since been occupied in civil life…….Could the retiring board have foreseen the effects of the severe wound that received, there can be no doubt that its verdict would have been that he was incapacitated for active service.………..His [re]appointment now as a lieutenant-colonel, the rank which he held when discharged from the Army, is recommended assimple justice to a gallant and disabled officer, distinguished at Bristow, in receiving Pickett's Charge at Gettysburg [ for which Webb had been awarded a Medal of Honor], at Spottsylvania, and in the last campaign of the late war……..Geo. D. Ruggles, Adjutant General".

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