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Joel Cloudman Transcript

Washington , DC Oct. 29 1863


Gen. Hodsdon

Dear Sir

  Col Baker is much pleased with the men from Maine Said to me that these men is just what they want in Washington He has the worst set of men here when we came that I ever saw He tells me that he will take out all of the worst men that he now has and Send them to the front in to the Old army he has awarded to Raise a full Regiment for this D.C. Said to me that he would Send me to Maine to Recruit men to fill another Company with the Balance that I now have which is twenty four will want 76 more men if your Honor & the Governor will permit this to those men to be Raised from Maine it will be highly gratifying to Col Baker also to the War department I think you will hear from the department Soon as there is quite an excitement in this City in regard to the Maine men as they term them Candid Honest & Sober men Col Baker is a strict Temperance man if he finds an officer of Rank that is the worse for Liquor he pulls the straps of from his Shoulders at once I think very highly of the Colonel as yet he tells me that every ting shall be carried out to the Letter that he promised to us the officers of my Company will be mustered as officers in to Service today all things is going Right in yet I think that the Boyes will like first Rate I doe not have any Chance to write as yet only on my knee hope I will have a chance Soon will try to write plainer then Please excuse this will let you hear from me soon all the particulars.

PS please inform me the prospect of the privalege to Recruit the Remainder of the 2 Company for this Regiment and Oblige

Your most Obedent Servant

JW Cloudman