Court Martial of Private Abraham Setts
In Dec. 1798 Private Setts of the Dragoon Company took a horse, saddle bridle, and $74 and deserted. Subsequently, he had been captured and imprisoned at Southwest Point.
On May 1st 1799, a military court found him guilty of desertion and was thus sentenced. Lt. Col. Thomas Butler ordered that Private Setts be given one hundred lashes with the wired cat-of-nine tails (whip). Each lash was administered at thirty second intervals lasting fifty minutes. He was then head shaven and branded with the letter D. To add further punishment he was drummed out of camp with signs worn front stating "This is the reward of perjury and theft", and on back "This is the effect of desertion".
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Forts and Castles • Law Enforcement.
Location. 35° 51.64′ N, 84° 31.755′ W. Marker is in Kingston, Tennessee, in Roane County. Marker can be reached from South Kentucky Street north of Shannon Place, on the left when traveling north. Marker is located within Fort Southwest Point. Touch for map
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Command and Administrative Building #3 (here, next to this marker); Pillory (here, next to this marker); Soldier’s Barracks #8 (a few steps from this marker); Quartermaster’s Supply Building #15 (a few steps from this marker); Soldier’s Barracks w/ Cellar #14 (a few steps from this marker); Blockhouse #11 (a few steps from this marker); Blockhouse #13 (a few steps from this marker); Soldier’s Barracks w/ Cellar #6 (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Kingston.
Credits. This page was last revised on January 12, 2021. It was originally submitted on January 10, 2021, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 48 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 10, 2021, by Tom Bosse of Jefferson City, Tennessee. • Devry Becker Jones was the editor who published this page.