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Description: A Clerk’s Error – Keeps VA Solider at Havana After DischargeDate: January 25 1899
Newspaper published in: Washington, DC
Page/Column: Page 6, Column 3
A CLERK’S ERROR
Keeps a Virginia Soldier at Havana
After Being Discharged
Richmond. Va., Jan. 23.-- The mistake of a clerk in the office of Attorney General Corbin is causing Private W. T. Rae to continue in the army in Cuba when he should be discharged. Mr. Rae is a member of the Petersburg Grays, Fourth Virginia Regiment. Some time before that command went to Havana, the friends of the soldier, including his pretty sister, induced Governor Tyler to approve an application for his discharge from service. The death of a relative of Rae's made it necessary for the young man to look after the estate left by the deceased. With the influence of the governor and all of the leading officers of the Fourth Regiment, General Corbin ordered the young man a discharge. This was weeks ago, and Governor Tyler thought until yesterday that the soldier was out of service and at home.
A letter from Havana informed him to the contrary. It is supposed a clerk in the Adjutant General's office failed to carry out the order to make out the discharge.