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Letter of Charles H. Russell to Ward Lamon, May 12 1862

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Camp Carroll
Baltimore, May 12, 1862

W.H. Lamon, Esq.

I am under arrest & confined in my quarters. I will tell you the circumstances just as they are. Do you remember young Fraley, whom Capt. Sahl & myself took prisoner at Martinsburg. He was a Virginian & pressed into service. He enlisted in my company after his capture. He is one of the best & most conscientious boys I ever knew, I never knew him to tell a lie, utter an oath or drink one drop of intoxicating drink. Well, Fraley was one day put upon camp guard, Captain Galloway, a man noted for bucking, gag[g]ing & court martialing men, was officer of the day. He caught Fraley sitting on his post & ordered him into the guard house. (Sitting on post is a thing that is done here every day & that by more than one.) Fraley is the first one that has been arrested for that offence. I thought he would be released in the morning & of course, said nothing. The next morning I called upon the colonel & asked him, if he would please release Fraley. He replied, “There are charges against him. He will be court martialed.” I asked "By whom?" He replied, "Capt. Galloway". I knew he would have to lie in the filthy lousy guard house, three or four weeks & then be tried. I loved Fraley as I did a brother. I was mad & replied "If I did not think him better than the officer


Charles H. Russell

The Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.

Capt. Sahl was Leopold Sahl, of Pittsburgh. Capt Galloway was Thomas Galloway, Co. C, of Baltimore


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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