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Butler, William Orlando (1791-1880) Orders No. 95

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00911.84 Author/Creator: Butler, William Orlando (1791-1880) Place Written: Mexico Type: Document Date: 17 May 1848 Pagination: 4 p. ; 19 x 12.75 cm.

Signed by L. Thomas. Proceedings from five trials before a military commission on charges of murder and burglary. Colonel M.V. Thompson presiding.

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