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William S. Dodge Ambulance Transcript
Box 35, folder 4
June 16 th 1861
Would it be asking to much of you or the Commander in chief of our State for one to make a request that the first Maine Regt be furnished with a suitable carriage, or in other words, one two Horse Ambulance for the conveyence of the sick & wounded. We have one furnished by order of Genl Mansfield for the uses of the Hospital Dep'mt But it proves to be wholly unfit for the purposes for which it was intended. We do not blame the gov't or anybody else because we have been furnished with the best on hand. You are of course aware that the demand for such transportation is very great. Consequently, the Dep'mt are obliged to resort to such waggons as they have on hand or those more easily procured. And allow me to reccommend to your excellency whether you send us one or not that the Regiments to be forwarded be furnished not only with proper Baggage Waggons But with Ambulances. Light, easy Riding, &cc, capable of conveying (9) nine passengers. In my judgement they are of the first importance and if practicable should be furnished every Regt. Indeed they cannot be dispensed with.
Our Regiments are all encamped upon the same field and so far as I know are contented and comfortable and are in my opinion (with the exception of the clothing of our Regt) better clothed and more fully equipped than any Regiments I have seen in Washington Our Regt and I believe the 2 nd are suffering from sickness - Camp Dysentery of a mild type has broken out among our men probably caused by change of climate and weather.
We are however daily expecting orders to move. Where, we do not know. But wherever placed we hope so conduct ourselves as to bring no dishonor or reproach upon ourselves or the state that we represent in part. Col Jackson joins me in sending you our best wishes for a long life and prospering in the administration of the affairs of State.
Yours Most Truly
Wm. S. Dodge 2 nd Le Master
1 st ME Regt
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