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Letter of Charles H. Russell to Ward Lamon, May 12 1862, page 2

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of the day I would turn him out of my Company.” I then left. I went to the Colonel the next day & got Fraley released because of his excellent character. The charge is now brought against me out of spite & that is Gods own truth.

Again, a few days since the regiment was out for inspection. Gen. Cooper & Major Belger were the inspecting officers. The men were in line, dismounted. I was in command of the fifth squadron. Capt. Steward was acting second Captain. One of my men was taken with diarrhea. He asked a comrade to hold his horse, then started for a clump of bushes, 2 or 3 rods distance, to relive himself. (He would have had abundant time to get back, before the inspectors would have come up to my squadron.) Capt. Steward ordered him to come back. The man stopped & said. "I want to go & do a job". The Captain rode up to him & ordered him back. He replied. "If Capt. Russell says I must go back I will, & not without." Capt. Stewart cried out to me. "Capt. Russell I want that man's name." I gave it. He replied. "I want him put into the guard house." I was in command of the squadron & Capt. Stewart’s commander. I did not recognize his authority to order me to put one of my own men in the guard house, under said circumstances. So I did not do it. Therefore he has prefer[r]ed charges against me.


Charles H. Russell

The Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif.

Capt. Stewart was John H. Stewart, Co. G, of Pittsburgh


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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