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set forth in the charges and specifications, a copy of which is hereto attached did make the following written statement in reply thereto: 'I have not been given to habits of intemperance at any time during the period covered,' which statement is false and known by the said First Lieutenant Robert G. Caldwell to be false. This at Tientsin, China, on the 12th day of January, 1915."
Specification 2.-"In that First Lieutenant Robert G. Caldwell, 15th Infantry, having been furnished by his Commanding Officer, Colonel John C. F. Tillson, 15th Infantry, with the following unfavorable entry of fact on his efficiency report for the year 1914, to wit:
'I. Was this officer the subject of any disciplinary measure during the period covered by this report? If so, state the nature of same and the circumstances attending it. (Fact.)
2. Yes. He was placed in arrest on Dec. 6, 1914, and is now in arrest awaiting trial. On Dec. 5, 1914, he was relieved from command of his company and the district along the railroad occupied by his company for misconduct alleged in charges, copy herewith.
P. Has he been specially mentioned, favorably or unfavorably, in official reports of commanding officers during this period? If so, state report. (Fact.)
2. Yes, in charges, (copy herewith) forwarded by me to Comdg. Gen., Phil. Dept., did make the following written statement in reply thereto: “ "The answers to I and P are matters of fact, that they are so, is due to insufficient investigation of the charges referred to and the consequent misuse of the power vested in the Commanding Officer,' which statement is an insubordinate, false and malicious criticism of his Commanding Officer, Colonel John C. F. Tillson, 15th Infantry. This at Tientsin, China, on the 12th day of January, 1915.”
To which harges and specifications the accused pleaded as follows:
To the Specification, 1st Charge, and to the 1st Charge, "Not Guilty."
To the Specification, 2d Charge, and to the 2d Charge, “Not Guilty.”
To the 1st Specification, Additional Charge: "Guilty, except the words 'which statement is false and known by the
said First Lieutenant Robert G. Caldwell to be false' ; to the excepted words, 'Not Guilty'".
To the 2d Specification, Additional Charge: "Guilty, except the words 'which statement is an insubordinate, false and malicious criticism of his commanding officer, Colonel John C. F. Tillson, 15th Infantry,' to the excepted words *Not Guilty.'"
To the Additional Charge, "Not Guilty."
Of the Specification, 1st Charge, and of the 1st Charge, “Guilty.”
Of the Specification, 2d Charge, and of the 2d Charge, "Guilty."
Of the Specifications, Additional Charge, and of the Additional Charge, “Guilty.”
"To be dismissed the service of the United States."
The sentence having been approved by the convening authority and the record of trial forwarded for the action of the President, under the 106th Article of War, the following are his orders thereon :
THE WHITE HOUSE,
Washington, 20 July, 1915. In the foregoing case of First Lieutenant Robert G. Caldwell, Fifteenth Infantry, as the allegations upon which the charges are based are not, in my opinion, proved beyond a reasonable doubt, I withhold approval of the sentence and direct that he be released from arrest and returned to duty.
WOODROW WILSON. [2305667, A. G. 0.] BY ORDER OF THE SECRETARY OF WAR:
H. L. SCOTT,
Major General, Chief of Staff. OFFICIAL: H. P. McCAIN,
The Adjutant General,
WASHINGTON, July 27, 1915.
The following regulations governing the special service school at Fort Monroe, Va., are announced. All regulations for this school published in previous War Department orders are hereby revoked.
THE COAST ARTILLERY SCHOOL. 1. This school will be known as the Coast Artillery School. Its object is to enlarge the field of instruction of the garrison schools for Coast Artillery officers by advanced courses of study and practical training in the technical duties of their profession; to amplify the military education of specially selected officers in order to prepare them for the more important positions in the Coast Artillery, and to fit them for the course at the Army War College, and to educate and train specially selected enlisted men for the higher grades in the Coast Artillery noncommissioned staff.
2. The organization of the school will be as follows:
Radio Course. The regular course for officers will be completed in one school year and will include the instruction in both departments of the Officers' Division. The advanced course will also be completed in one school year and will include the instruction in both departments. In addition to the foregoing, special courses in ballistics and explosives will be arranged, for either of which officers may be detailed for a
period of not more than one year. Each of the courses for enlisted men will be completed in one school year.
3. The personnel of the Coast Artillery School will consist of a commandant, a secretary, a librarian, three directors of departments, and such instructors, student officers, and enlisted men and troops as may be assigned to it for duty or instruction by orders from the War Department.
4. The general administration of the school will be intrusted to the commandant, who will be especially selected for the duty and detailed in orders from the War Department. The commandant of the school shall also command the Coast Defenses of Chesapeake Bay; in his absence the senior Coast Artillery officer on duty at Fort Monroe performs his duties. Such of the officers and so much of the enlisted force with the equipment of the several organizations on duty at the post as may be deemed necessary by the commandant will be available for the practical instruction of student officers,
5. The commandant will make application to The Adjutant General of the Army for such articles as may be required for the school, and will submit to him annually as soon as practicable after the end of the calendar year a report setting forth the progress and needs of the school and such changes as are deemed desirable to promote further progress and improvement.
6. The commandant will direct the expenditure of such quantities of material as may be authorized and necessary for the purposes of instruction.
7. The funds appropriated for the support of the school and for the purchase of school property will be disbursed on vouchers approved by the commandant.
8. Upon the completion of the course of instruction at the end of each school year, and in the absence of special instructions, the commandant is authorized to grant to officers leaves of absence not to exceed one (1) month, and to enlisted men furloughs or delays not to exceed one (1) month. During the course of instruction the commandant will not grant leaves of absence to officers involving absence from duty without the authority of the Secretary of War, except in cases of emergency, and then only for a period of not exceeding ten (10) days.