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Jeremiah Bartlett Transcript

Lockes Mills Me Sept. 20 1862

To Gen’l John L. Hodsdon

Dennis W. Cole a private in Capt. Hersey’s Company, Seventeenth Reg’t is at home riding around as large as life, sporting on the bounty on the bounty money, $60 from Greenwood, where he enlisted, and $80 from the State and U.S.  He went on from Portland with the Reg’t as far as New Jersey and by some maneuver got back here, as he says with his discharge. He takes good care not to show it – I have reported him to two P. M. s and on Jus. Peace, and still the secesh is at home in a nest of secessionists that should be broken up  - This playing sick by such men should be punished – he is a well man – I believe Cole has a middle name. I have just learned that his name is Dennis W. Cole.

I should not be in such haste to report him, but I am fearful he may skedaddle to Canada or some other place as he is a full blood secesh and all his family ditto – he only enlisted to cheat the bounty out of the Government – such cusses ought to be hung and if they keep on a little longer, hemp will be as high as cotton in this region.

There is a nest of traitors in Bethel, and another in Paris, and a very small knot of them in Greenwood where this Cole lives, worse than the devil himself – but the most of the damned fools don’t know any better – tools for rascally demagogues, who would rather reign in hell than live in heaven. I should like to haul on their legs when they are hung, they need straightening – better late then never.

Your old friend
Jeremiah Bartlett