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Redington, Edward S. / Papers, 1862-1867
Wis Mss EQ, Folder 2 ([unpublished])

[Transcribed letter from Edward Redington to his wife, Mary: Helena, Arkansas, February 20, 1863],   pp. 39-47


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Helena, Ark., Feb. 20, 1863.
Dear Mary.
It is nearly a week since I wrote you last and my excuse
is that I have been so very busy that I could not find time
until late at night and have been so tired that I have put it
off and now it is nearly eleven o'clock and this is the first
moment I could get to devote to you. During Lt. Mead's sick-
ness all my writing got behind and in fact all my company matters
ran themselves, what they ran at all, and in addition to having
to do all the work for the company I have had all to do that
should have been done two weeks ago, and since he died I have
hardly had time to stop to eat. I have had to make pay rolls,
returns, statements of ordinance and ammunition, discharges
for men, besides overseeing the building of an oven large enough
to bake bread for the entire regiment, and am building a build-
ing to bake in; have been Officer of the Day for three days
in seven: so you see that if employment is condusive to good
health, I ought to be healthy (and I am) but too much of a
good thing is sometimes worse than none at all and I had as
soon try and see if I could not stand it with a little smaller
quantity.
I hope I shall have some Lieutenants now soon as I got
the acceptance of Lt. Hayes' resignation yesterday from Gen.
Grant and the recommendation for Watts and Schram are on the
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