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Redington, Edward S. / Papers, 1862-1867
Wis Mss EQ, Folder 1 ([unpublished])

[Transcribed letter from Edward Redington to unidentified recipient: September 20, 1863],   pp. 198-199

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time before we left Helena, looking fine, but he failed soon
after we left, and when we reached here, was taken worse and only
lived three days. He was a good soldier, one always ready to do
his duty, and always in good spirits.   White is also sick and
will not stay long in the regiment I think. Col. Lewis must be
home by this time. The regiment had lost all confidence in him,
and he found it very unpleasant staying. He got conveniently
sick and has gone for good this time. He will probably continue
to draw pay for sixty days and resign, or be mustered out of
the service. Frank Smith has been going around with a cane
playing sick, especially when there was a prospect of a fight,
but there is nothing the matter with him but the want of whiskey.
I believe he would drink whiskey half quinine, rather than not
have any.
I like my horse better every day. He has more than twice
paid for himself already. In the places I have been in, I
could not have gotten along without him. We have marched some-
thing over two hundred miles, at least my company have.   We have
marched some forty miles in the balance, and I have ridden nearly
as much more, in looking out roads, etc. Jimmie Caward says
that he told them at W9hitewater that he was ahead of anything,
then I let him ride to where the regiment is camped and when
he came back, he said he had not praised him half enough. Good
Night once more.
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