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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Wis Mss EQ, Folder 2 ([unpublished])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 13, 1863],   pp. 35-38

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excused from duty, perhaps one-quarter of them are quite sick.
There are some cases of Measles and I expect we shall have them
plenty in a few days, I dread them altho there is but few in
my company but what has had them.
You say there is a report that I have resigned and that one
of the men has knocked me over etc. I suppose the knock down
rumor was on effect to the one that I had pounded one of the
men and as much truth in one as the other; you need believe no
rumors that I do not write for I shall write all such things that
happen, good or bad. John Larkin has been court-martialed for
having a row with an Artillery officer on the boat when we were
coming back from White River. What his punishment will be I do
not know, but think it will not be very severe, as what he said
and did was enough to have shot him if he only had been drunk,
but as both he and the officer had taken rather much, I think
they will not punish him very hard.
Now about sending another consignment of provisions, send
by all means if you have the things; those sent before were as
good as when they left home and did not cost two dollars for
all brought from Whitewater and Waukesha.   Perhaps the next lot
will cost more but we can stand that. I have a little of the
butter left yet which I smell of occasionaly so that I will not
forget how it tastes entirely. The thing we want most here is
vegetables, and none so much as onions; I paid 5Ots. for less
than a peck and about half of them good.
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