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Letter of Charles H. Russell to Ward Lamon, April 1862

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Camp Carroll, Baltimore
April 7, 1862

Ward H. Lamon Esq

My very dear friend. For God sake do something for us. We are in a scrape and you can help us out of it, With my company, I reported here a fortnight ago last Saturday. Lieut. Col Miller, who is in command here, is a miserable drunkard. Yesterday (Sunday) he had the regiment out drilling from 8 o'clock till 11,20 A.M. He was so drunk that he could hardly sit in the saddle. He [?] us around the field, at a dead run and in utter drunken confusion. At length (knowing that my horses were being greatly injured, for the day was warm and the field heavy) I refused to take my squadron further saying to Col. Miller that my horses could not stand such drilling any longer & I would not kill them for any man, in a Sunday drill. I thus broke up the drill or God alone knows how long the drunken disgraceful thing would have been continued. This is not the first nor second time that such a drill has happened.

My men are not used to being commanded by a drunkard and are very very much dissatisfied here. They are realy brave noble boys – willing to endure privation & peril for their country. They did it in good spirit at Romney, at Bath in the snow & mud of Paw Paw & the danger at Winchester My men have been in the field & under fire with great odds against them


Charles H. Russell

The Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.

Lieut. Col Miller was Andrew Galbraith Miller.


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

Original Size:
28 x 22 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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