Captain William Pelzer
Resignation
Volunteer Soldier
"Footnotes"

  1. "Fort Mann, Kansas: 1847-1848" English Westerners' Brand Book, London, Vol. 13, No. 4. July 1971.

  2. Details of Pelzer's enlistment are available on the Muster-in roll of his Battalion.
    In the National Archives, Washington.
    Age 29 Years.
    Joined for duty and enrolled Sept. 8, 1847. For an indefinite period "During the War with Mexico".
    Mustered in at Fort Leavenworth Sept. 10, 1847.
    Valuation of horse $60.
    Valuation of horse equipment $28.78c.

  3. Kansas Historical Quarterly, Vol. XXX, No. 1 Spring 1964.

  4. Colston to Jessup. May 14, 1848. National Archives Record Group 92 A.G.O.

  5. Petition Feb. 20, 1848. National Archives Record Group 94 G62, A.G.O.

  6. Petition Feb. 22, 1848. National Archives Record Group 94 G62, A.G.O.

  7. Gilpin to Jones; June 10, 1848. National Archives Record Group 94 G270, A.G.O.

  8. Gilpin to Jones Aug. 1, 1848. 30th Congress, 2nd Session, House Executive Doc. No. 1. National Archives Record Group 94.

  9. Pelzer to Marcy; May 30, 1848. National Archives Record Group 94 G270, A.G.O.

  10. Garland to Jones; July 14, 1848. National Archives Record Group 94 G368, A.G.O.

  11. Garland to Jones Aug. 3, 1848. National Archives Record Group 94 G368, A.G.O.
    Pelzer was not the only officer facing criminal charges: three of his fellow officers also tendered their resignations under similar circumstances.
    They were . . .
    2nd Lieut. William Cudgington
    2nd Lieut. William O'Hara
    1st Lieut. John Stephens

  12. Application for bounty land.
    Applied Act. 21 1850, to J. B. T. Russell, notary of Chicago, Illinois..
    Warrant No. 2196 issued and sent March 15, 1851.
    Veterans Records, National Archives, Washington.
    Used With Permission of the Author:
    Copyright by;
    R. A. W.

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