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Charles A. Miller Transcript
Hd. Qr’s 2nd Me Cav.
[Cover letter concerning pay of member of 2nd Maine Cavalry omitted. Personal letter to Adjutant General John L. Hodsdon follows:]
Here we are in the beginning of winter with weather not unlike your milder days of August. Our tent doors are open & our overcoats and vests unbuttoned. This is all very fine, but the tedious hours of uninterrupted camp life! Col. Woodman commands the Brigade, not a very onerous task. Colonel Spurling is temporarily attached to the General Staff and spends most of his time rafting logs & bringing them in with a little steamer.
Your humble serv’t endeavors to discharge the duties of Comd’g Officer, as he has done for the greater part of the time the Reg’t has been in this Dep’t., according to his ‘well-known ability,’ direction, & judgment. I would not object to being inspected by you, even, though I know your keen discrimination & your fine sense of order.
I wish some effort could be made to mount us, we have not probably 250 serviceable horses in the Reg’t. I am satisfied that horses, as well as men must become acclimated before they are worth much here. You may imagine our disappointment at being left here, while Gen. Lee, our chief officer, is organizing an immense Cavalry expedition to go in search of Hood. Lee takes all the Cav. of New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Port Hudson & Vicksburg with him. I don’t know when he will strike, but if Hood attempts to turn back upon Sherman, he must fight Lee on the way.
Col. Woodman is making no effort for us & unless some one else interests himself for us, we shall lie here till we fertilize the land of Pensacola.
At present the health of the Reg’t is good. & when the Chaplain comes laden with the good things from Maine I know we shall be as healthy as any Reg’t in the service. We are drilling daily & if I had the Reg’t on the parade grounds at Camp Coburn I think I could astonish you at the proficiency of drill.
Personally I never enjoyed better health. I weigh 145 & am looking forward to the next weeks when I shall ‘pull down” a hundred and a half.
I would like right well to talk over affairs with you some half hour, I could enlighten you on many points. As I have often said, I repeat, we have good material here for a Reg’t.
My regards to all. Tell Cochran I did not receive the letter he promised me from the lake, Partridge, True & all, & especially please present assurances of my remembrance to Mrs. H. & Lizzie.
I need not intimate that, of course, your good sense will suggest to you the propriety of committing this leaf to the flame.
I am, always,
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