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Letter of Charles H. Russell to Ward Lamon, Oct 1861

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Camp Lamon
Oct 16, 1861

Gen Lamon,
Dear Sir:- the very great majority of my company are very anxious that Alex Nesbitt should be restored to his former office of 1st Lieutenant of the company. You know my own feelings on the subject. [Mr McGuffey?] says he will not for a moment stand in the way of any man I may choose.
I know Nesbitt to be a brave, able & talented man. My 2nd Lieut. is a mere cypher
I am most dead with over duty. Can’t you give me an actual Lieut?
Col Kenly & Reg have moved down to Gen. Bank’s Headquarters

Very Resp Yr Obt Servt
C.H. Russell Co A


Charles H. Russell

The Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.

Peter Tasker notes that Russell's 2nd Lieutenant was at the time Christian E. Stonesifer and suggests the "cypher" could be a play on the name.


Collection Location:
The Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.

Original Size:
26 x 17 cms

United States, History, Civil War, 1861-1865, Correspondence; Maryland--History--Civil War, 1861-1865

Eastern US, 1861-1865

Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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